No. 5 Cal Swims in Arena Invitational
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  11/17/2010

Nov. 17, 2010

Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 18-20
All Day - Cal at Arena Invitational
Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool - Long Beach, Calif.
Coverage: Results Page

BERKELEY - Fifth-ranked California swims in the Arena Invitational from Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 18-20, at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach, Calif. The 20-team women's field for the meet, which includes a men's competition, includes fellow Pac-10 teams Stanford, which is currently ranked as the co-No. 1 team in the nation, UCLA (No. 24), Arizona State and Oregon State as well as the meet host, UC San Diego.

Here is the schedule for the Arena Invitational:

Thursday, Nov. 18
200 Freestyle Relay
500 Freestyle
200 Individual Medley
50 Freestyle
400 Medley Relay

Friday, Nov. 19
200 Medley Relay
400 Individual Medley
100 Butterfly
200 Freestyle
100 Breaststroke
100 Backstroke
800 Freestyle Relay

Saturday, Nov. 20
1650 Freestyle
200 Backstroke
100 Freestyle
200 Breaststroke
200 Butterfly
400 Freestyle Relay

Preliminaries will begin at 9:30 a.m. daily (except Saturday, when they start at 9 a.m.) for the men, followed by the "A" flight of women (approximately 11:30 a.m.) and then the "B" flight of women's finals beginning nightly at 6 p.m., with 4 heats of every event.

The rest of the women's field consists of No. 23 San Diego State, BYU, Colorado State, Cal State Bakersfield, Fresno State, Hawaii, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, San Jose State, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, San Diego, UNLV and Utah.

Scouting the Golden Bears
Cal swimmers hold 12 NCAA B consideration times in individual events. Those include junior Liv Jensen (22.45 in the 50-yard freestyle and 49.41 in the 100 free), senior Hannah Wilson (49.98/100 free, 1:48.84/200 free), senior Katie Kastes (4:51.33/500 free), freshman Cindy Tran (54.49/100 backstroke), freshman Deborah Roth (55.55/100 back), sophomore Caitlin Leverenz (1:01.86/100 breaststroke, 2:13.93/200 breast, 4:16.06/400 individual medley) and senior Amanda Sims (54.09/100 butterfly, 1:58.55/200 fly). Cal has also posted NCAA B times in the 400-yard free relay (Wilson, freshman Nathalie Lindborg, senior Erica Dagg and Jensen, 3:20.75) and 200-yard medley relay (Tran, Leverenz, Sims and Jensen, 1:40.16).

Teri McKeever is in her 19th year as head coach at Cal. The head coach of the U.S. women at last summer's Pan Pacific Championships, McKeever will also lead the U.S. women at the FINA Short Course World Championships from Dec. 15-19 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Bears Give McKeever Happy Birthday at Colorado State
Cal concluded a busy stay in Colorado by defeating host Colorado State, 134.5-104.5, on Nov. 6 at Moby Pool. The Golden Bears (2-1) trained at the Olympic Training Center on Nov. 5 in Colorado Springs and then beat the Rams (2-4) and celebrated head coach Teri McKeever's birthday the next day.

Cal won 10 of 13 events against Colorado State.

Caitlin Leverenz, the 2010 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, was the only Bear to win multiple individual events, taking the 200-yard individual medley in a time of 2:03.31 and 200-yard butterfly in a time of 2:02.55.

Cal closed the meet by winning the last three events. Freshman Samantha Shellem was victorious in the 500 free (5:09.27), junior Shelley Harper claimed the 200 breaststroke (2:24.91) and the Cal A relay of freshman Deborah Roth, freshman Cindy Tran, freshman Nathalie Lindborg and junior Colleen Fotsch captured the 200-free relay (1:34.77).

Last Year in Long Beach
In 2009, Cal took second place in the UCSD-hosted meet that was then called the Toshiba Classic. Junior Sara Isakovic won the 200-yard butterfly in an NCAA B and pool-record time of 1:55.83 and Caitlin Leverenz set a new school record, which she has since broken, in the 400-yard individual medley in an NCAA B time of 4:09.76. The Bears collected 1,137 points to finish second behind Stanford (1,809.5 points) and ahead of third-place UCLA (725) in a field of 25 teams.

Next Time
From Dec. 2-4, Cal swims in the AT&T Short-Course National Championships in Columbus, Ohio, and dives at the Texas Invitational in Austin, Texas.