March 22, 2008
Columbus, OH - The California Golden Bear women's swimming team capped off its 2007-08 season with a fifth place finish at the 2008 NCAA Women's Swimming an Diving Championships at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, hosted by Ohio State. Cal finished the three-day competition with a total of 291 points in the 21 NCAA sanctioned events.
Under the direction of head coach Teri McKeever, Cal has now finished fifth or better three straight years. Additionally, the Bears have placed in the top 10 for the last 12 years.
Arizona won the championship with a total of 484 points, followed by Auburn (348), Stanford (343) and Texas A&M (315).
"The main thing that I'm really proud of is that we have finished in the top-five three years in a row," said McKeever. "I was real proud of Lauren Boyle and our relay teams for accomplishing what they did. Everyone gave their all, and that's all you can ask for as a coach. I just really want to acknowledge Emily Silver and Rachel Ridgeway for their hard work and great leadership they provided our program."
Lauren Boyle broke her own school record in the 1650-yard freestyle with a fifth-place finish of 16:01.80 - also a new lifetime best, and three seconds better than her previous school record of 16:03.51. Last season at the NCAAs in Minnesota, Boyle placed 19th in the 1650 free with a time of 16:24.11. At the Pac-10 Championships earlier in the month, Boyle smashed the longstanding 1650 record, previously held by Sarah Anderson in 1988.
Lauren Rogers placed 11th overall in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:55.42 in the `B' Final. Her 1:55.12 in the morning preliminaries was a lifetime best.
Emily Silver capped off her amazing career at Cal with a fifth-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 48.21.
Cal gained 14 more points after Dana Vollmer claimed a fifth-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:55.48. Rachel Ridgeway qualified for the B Final in the 200 fly with a 1:56.56, finished eleventh overall with a time of 1:56.39.
The quartet of Madison Kennedy, Hannah Wilson, Silver and Vollmer swam a second place time of 3:13.03 in the 400-yard freestyle relay to gain 34 points in the final event of the evening. McKeever had Tara Thomas in the first leg of the relay in the morning preliminary time, as that foursome swam the second fastest heat of 3:14.55.
ESPN2 will provide 90 minutes of tape delayed coverage of the championships Friday, March 28 at 2 p.m. EDT.