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California Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  03/05/2013

March 5, 2013


BERKELEY - For the second time this season, Elizabeth Pelton claimed the California Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week honor after a record-breaking performance in the 200-yard backstroke - along with the rest of her sterling performances at the Pac-12 Championships that included the Pac-12 Swimmer of the Meet award. The freshman from Towson, Md., broke her own American record with an automatic NCAA qualifying time of 1:48.39 in the 200 backstroke to win that title and help the second-ranked Golden Bears take third place at the conference meet.

Pelton also broke her own school record, the Pac-12 record and the Pac-12 meet record with that time. The previous time she earned the Muscle Milk accolade - in early December - she had also just set the American and school record in the 200 back with a time of 1:48.90. Her 1:48.39 time was just five hundredths of a second behind the NCAA record.

Additionally, Pelton won the 200-yard individual medley at Pac-12s, edging second-place senior teammate Caitlin Leverenz - the defending NCAA champ in the 200 IM, the 2012 Pac-12 Swimmer of the Meet and the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist in the 200-meter IM - 1:54.29-1:54.31. To cap the meet, the first-year Bear led off Cal's winning 400-free relay, posting an automatic NCAA qualifying time of 48.00 in her opening 100-free as Cal went on to clock an automatic NCAA qualifying time of 3:12.37.

In the 200 freestyle, Pelton placed 12th with an NCAA B time of 1:47.23. She took part in two other relays for the Bears - the second-place 800-free relay (6:58.95, NCAA A) and third-place 200-free relay (1:28.79, NCAA A).

Pelton and the Cal team next compete at the NCAA Championships, slated for March 21-23 in Indianapolis.


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Date Student-Athlete Sport
March 5 Elizabeth Pelton Women's Swimming
Feb. 26 Justin Cobbs Men's Basketball
Feb. 19 Lindsey Ziegenhirt Softball
Feb. 11 Talia Caldwell Women's Basketball
Feb. 4 Richard Solomon Men's Basketball
Jan. 28 Chioma Amaechi Track & Field
Dec. 3 Elizabeth Pelton Women's Swimming & Diving
Nov. 27 Justin Cobbs Men's Basketball
Nov. 5 Shannon Hawari Women's Volleyball
Oct. 22 Shannon Hawari Men's Water Polo
Oct. 15 Russell Webb Rugby
Oct. 8 Zach Maynard Football
Oct. 1 Rachel Mercik Women's Soccer
Sept. 24 Stefano Bonomo Men's Soccer
Sept. 17 Jake Anderson Rugby
Sept. 10 Lauren Battung Women's Soccer
Sept. 4 Emi Lawson Women's Soccer
Aug. 27 Tony Salciccia Men's Soccer
Aug. 20 Grace Leer Women's Soccer