Feb. 9, 2011
BERKELEY - California sophomore Caitlin Leverenz claimed the Pac-10 Swimmer of the Month honor for January, Commissioner Larry Scott announced on Wednesday.
This is the first monthly conference award for the Tucson, Ariz., native and the sixth for the Golden Bears all time.
Leverenz, the 2010 Pac-10 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year, led fourth-ranked Cal to victories in their four Pac-10 dual meets in January. The Bears won at Arizona State, 182-117, topped No. 7 Arizona, 165.5-134.5, dominated third-ranked USC, 182-118, and beat No. 21 UCLA, 168.5-134.5. Leverenz won four events at ASU, four events at Arizona, three events vs. USC and four events vs. UCLA.
In the meet against the Trojans in Berkeley, Leverenz was part of the triumphant 400-yard medley relay that posted a school-record and NCAA B consideration time of 3:36.36 at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Also in January, USA Swimming named Leverenz to the 2011 U.S. World Championships team.
She continues to lead the nation with the fastest 200-yard breaststroke time - an automatic NCAA qualifying time of 2:06.55 - and ranks second in the 200-yard individual medley (1:56.25, NCAA B), third in the 400 IM (school-record 4:05.04, NCAA A), fifth in the 200 butterfly (1:55.48, NCAA B) and 12th in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.35, NCAA B).
Cal hosts rival and No. 1 Stanford at noon on Saturday, Feb. 12, at Spieker.