March 20, 2008
Columbus, OH - Two prominent California records were broken today at the 2008 NCAA Women's Swimming Championships at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion hosted by Ohio State. Junior Madison Kennedy set a new program record in the 50-yard freestyle, while the foursome of Kennedy, Hannah Wilson, Emily Silver and Dana Vollmer set a new benchmark in the 200-yard freestyle relay. As a team, Cal sits in third place (89 points) after six events of competition. Fellow Pac-10 foe Arizona leads the tournament field with 151 points.
"We had an overall goal of being around the 85-point range after today's events," explained head coach Teri McKeever. I though we did a great job of doing that. Our morning times really helped us to achieve that goal. Tomorrow is an important day for us, so we are going to get some rest tonight."
McKeever also praised the efforts of Silver, Kennedy and Lauren Boyle who achieved lifetime bests in their respective events as well as commending the record-breaking achievement of the 200 free relay team.
Kennedy enjoyed a career day after establishing a school record 21.87 in the 50-yard freestyle preliminaries - a record previously held by Emily Silver at 21.99 set at last year's NCAA Championships in Minnesota. Former Cal legend Natalie Coughlin held the 50 free school record for four years until Silver broke it in 2007. In the championship final, Kennedy clocked a time of 22.05 - good enough for a fourth place finish.
In a matter of eight hours, California set a new school record in the 200-yard freestyle relay, as the foursome of Kennedy, Wilson, Silver and Vollmer bested their earlier preliminary time (1:28.05) with a second-place time of 1:27.52. The second-place finish was also considerably higher and faster than last year's 11th-place finish (1:30.11) at the NCAA Championships in Minnesota.
Boyle continued her incredible season with a personal-best 4:41.10 in the 'B' final in the 500-yard freestyle. The sophomore shaved off over one second from her morning preliminary time of 4:42.73.
Silver swam a personal-best 1:57.98 in the 200-yard individual medley as well.
The Championships continue tomorrow with the preliminaries beginning at 11 a.m. (EST) and the finals slated for 7:00 p.m. (EST). Tomorrow's events include the 200 Medley Relay, the 400 Individual Medley, the 100 butterfly, the 200 freestyle, the 100 breaststroke and the 100 backstroke.