No. 4 Cal Tops ASU in Desert, 182-117
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  01/21/2011

Jan. 21, 2011


TEMPE, Ariz. - Fourth-ranked California won both relays and Arizona native Caitlin Leverenz captured three individual events as the Golden Bears defeated host Arizona State, 182-117, on Friday at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center. The Bears improved their dual-meet record to 3-1 (1-0 in the Pac-10 Conference) in their conference opener, while the Sun Devils evened their record to 3-3 (1-3 Pac-10).

Cal won 11 of 16 events, including victories by freshman Cindy Tran in both backstrokes and by sophomore diver Kelsey Heiken in the three-meter springboard.

"Cindy Tran, Amanda Sims, Katie Kastes and Colleen Fotsch did really nice jobs today," Cal head coach Teri McKeever said. "Caitlin did a nice job, and her family's here, too. Liv swam well in her races and on both relays. We hadn't raced in about a month, so it was good to check in with racing and see where we are. Diving went 1-2-3 on the three-meter board. We definitely have some things to work on, and we're definitely going to have to be better tomorrow."

The Bears kicked off the day by winning the 400-yard medley relay. The Cal quartet of freshman Deborah Roth, Leverenz, senior Amanda Sims and junior Liv Jensen posted a NCAA B qualifying time of 3:38.57. Another Cal squad, featuring junior Colleen Fotsch, freshman Melissa Bates, Tran and senior Erica Dagg took second place in an NCAA A time of 3:43.91.

Tran claimed Cal's next victory, swimming an NCAA consideration time of 54:58 to win the 100-yard backstroke. She later won the 200 back in an NCAA B time of 1:58.36.

Leverenz, swimming as a Bear for the first time in her home state, won her first race in the 200 butterfly, in which she swam an NCAA B time of 1:59.31.She also won the 200 breaststroke in an NCAA B time of 2:11.90. The school-record holder in the 400 individual medley, Leverenz won the event in Tempe with a time of 4:15.45.

Heiken posted an NCAA Zone E Diving Championships qualifying score of 302.78 to take first place at three meters; Cal freshman Lena Kardos (263.18) and junior Molly Hayes (262.13) finished 2-3. On the one-meter board, Hayes (3rd place, 273.30) collected the Bears' best finish with an NCAA Zone E qualifying score.

Other Cal winners included Jensen in the 50 free (22.67, NCAA B), senior Hannah Wilson in the 100 free (50.17, NCAA B), Sims in the 100 fly (53.20, NCAA B) and the Bears' 200-free relay of Bates, Tran, senior Sara Sun and Jensen (1:32.83).

Cal takes on No. 7 Arizona at noon PST on Saturday, Jan. 22, in Leverenz's hometown of Tucson, Ariz.