Oct. 15, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - California won a total of eight events, including a dominating six out of seven victories in the evening session, on Friday at the George Haines Invitational held at Stanford's Avery Aquatics Center. The Golden Bears claimed two relay and six individual wins on the day and posted a first-day score of 224, which puts Cal in the lead of a field that includes the Cardinal (208 points), San Jose State (64) and Nevada (22). Cal will not compete on the second day of the two-day meet, as the Bears host Texas on Saturday, Oct. 16.
"The main thing is we had a lot of real good racing opportunities against a quality opponent, and both San Jose State and Nevada had some good performances," Cal head coach Teri McKeever said. "In the session tonight, with prelims and finals and only about one heat in between some of them, that produced some really good racing and a lot of fun. One of the reasons I wanted to compete in this meet was to kind of simulate a championship meet, a Pac-10s or NCAAs, with the afternoon session and evening session, and then tomorrow morning make sure we get up to face a real good team in Texas."
In the afternoon session, Cal senior Hannah Wilson won the 100-yard freestyle in an NCAA B consideration time of 50.19. Later, Bears senior Amanda Sims, who won the 2009 NCAA title in the 100-yard butterfly, claimed her signature event at Stanford in an NCAA B time of 54.34.
In the evening session, Cal won the 100-yard freestyle relay and 100-yard medley relay. The quartet of freshman Cindy Tran, freshman Melissa Bates, Sims and junior Liv Jensen clocked a time of 46.08 to capture the 100-free relay. In the 100-medley relay, junior Colleen Fotsch, freshman Nathalie Lindborg, Wilson and Jensen combined to swim a winning time of 42.07.
Individually, Cal sophomore Caitlin Leverenz triumphed in a pair of events - the 100-yard individual medley and 50-yard breaststroke. She posted a final time of 29.13 to win the 50 breast. Due to a clock malfunction, no times were available for the 100 IM. Leverenz also posted an NCAA B time with her second-place finish in the 200 breaststroke (2:13.93).
Jensen, who won the 50-free title at the 2010 NCAA Championships, won the 50 free at Stanford in an NCAA B time of 22.68. Tran won the 50 backstroke in a time of 25.43.
"Liv's time in the 50 is the best time in the country right now," McKeever said. "Caitlin did a nice job in multiple events. Shelley Harper did a really nice job today, too. With newcomers, including Cindy Tran, Melissa Bates and Nathalie Lindborg, it's good to see them race so we can figure out where they can help us the most."
Among her races today, Harper finished fourth in the 500 free (4:55.35), fourth in the 100 IM and fifth in the 50 breaststroke (30.30). Bates placed second in the 50 breast (29.26), third in the 200 breast (2:17.53) and sixth in the 100 IM.
There were no diving events today at Stanford.
The Cal swimmers and divers make their home debut against Texas at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Spieker Aquatics Complex.