Aug. 6, 2010
IRVINE, Calif. - California sophomore Caitlin Leverenz won the 400-meter individual medley title at the 2010 ConocoPhillips National Championships on Aug. 5 at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center. The 2010 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year clocked a time of 4:35.60 to capture the 400 IM on Thursday night. Former Golden Bear Natalie Coughlin won the 100-meter backstroke in a time of 1:00.14 on Aug. 4 at the long-course meet, which began on Aug. 3 and ends on Saturday, Aug. 7.
The current and former Bears are competing at nationals for the California Aquatics club, which also claimed the 4x100-meter freestyle relay crown on Aug. 4. The quartet of former Bear Madison Kennedy, senior Erica Dagg, senior Katherine Raatz and junior Liv Jensen posted a time of 3:44.87.
Video of those victories along with an extended interview with Coughlin and a feature on Coughlin are located on SwimNetwork.com. To access those videos on this SwimNetwork.com page, please select the Video tab, choose Women and scroll down to the specific clips: http://www.swimnetwork.com/Events/Meets/2010/August/National-Championships.aspx?t=video.
The national championships serve as qualifying for U.S. rosters for the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships, 2010 Short Course World Championships, 2010 Junior Pan Pacific Championships and 2011 World University Games.
CalBears.com will provide a full recap of the Cal women's performances at the national championships after the meet ends. Look for additional coverage of the current and former Bears at nationals on the Cal blog /ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30100&ATCLID=208204435.
Results from the meet are available at http://www.star-meets.org/results/Nats/2010/.