Oct. 16, 2010
BERKELEY - California suffered its first setback of the season when the Golden Bears lost to Texas, 156-144, on Saturday in their first home dual meet of the season at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Bears, who won eight of the 16 events, evened their record at 1-1, while the Longhorns opened their season at 1-0.
"Definitely a tough loss for us, but like anything else that's hard, hopefully we come out of this with lessons learned," Cal assistant coach Kristen Cunnane said. "This gives us an idea of where to focus our energy and effort in looking at the rest of the season. We're looking forward to getting back to work on Monday."
Cal junior Liv Jensen won both the 50- and 100-yard freestyles, posting NCAA B consideration times of 22.45 in the 50 and 49.41 in the 100. The defending NCAA champion in the 50 free, Jensen also anchored both winning relays, as Cal claimed the 200-yard medley relay in an NCAA B time of 1:40.16 and took the 400-free relay, in an NCAA B time of 3:20.75.
"It was a great, great meet for Liv," Cunnane said. "She's had a strong start to the season."
Bears senior Hannah Wilson likewise posted an NCAA B time in the 100 free, finishing third in 50.10. She also took second in the 200 free in an NCAA B time of 1:48.84. The Longhorns' Karlee Bispo won the 200 free in an NCAA B time of 1:46.97.
Senior teammates Katie Kastes and Amanda Sims both posted NCAA B times, with Kastes winning the 500 free in a time of 4:51.33 and Sims taking first in the 100 butterfly in a time of 54.09. Sims also clocked an NCAA B time with her second-place finish (1:58.55) in the 200 fly.
Texas swimmer Leah Gingrich won the 200 fly in an NCAA B time of 1:58.10. A multiple winner, Gingrich also took the 1000 free in a time of 9:59.22. Cal junior Shelley Harper placed second in the 1000 free with a time of 10:01.08.
Cal sophomore Caitlin Leverenz, the school record holder in the 400-yard individual medley (4:06.61), captured the 400 IM today in an NCAA B time of 4:16.06. She did well in both breaststrokes, taking second in the 100 (1:01.86, NCAA B) and in the 200 (2:14.37, NCAA B). Laura Sogar won both breaststrokes for Texas, with NCAA B times in the 100 (1:00.97) and 200 (2:10.15).
Freshman Cindy Tran collected Cal's other win, posting an NCAA B time of 54.49 in the 100 backstroke. She had Cal's top finish in the 200 back, taking third in 2:01.03. Longhorn Katie Riefenstahl won the 200 back in an NCAA B time of 1:58.44.
Junior Molly Hayes tallied Cal's best finish on the one-meter springboard, scoring 247.20 to take second place. Senior Laura Sanford posted a Cal-best fourth place with a score of 278.10 at three meters. Maren Taylor won both events for Texas, scoring 307.20 at one meter and 310.13 at three meters.
Cal next swims against Colorado State on Nov. 6 in Fort Collins, Colo., while the Cal divers next compete from Nov. 5-6 in the USC Invitational in Los Angeles.
Cal Results vs. Texas
Oct. 16 in Berkeley
Texas 156, Cal 144
200-Yard Medley Relay
1. Cal A (Cindy Tran, Caitlin Leverenz, Amanda Sims, Liv Jensen) 1:40.16*. 3. Cal B (Colleen Fotsch, Melissa Bates, Nicole Parmenter, Erica Dagg) 1:43.74. 6. Cal C (Stephanie Au, Ellie Monobe, Ursula Dailey, Emily Bibb) 1:49.09.
400-Yard Freestyle Relay
1. Cal A (Hannah Wilson, Nathalie Lindborg, Erica Dagg, Liv Jensen) 3:20.75*. 3. Cal B (Deborah Roth, Katherine Raatz, Stephanie Au, Melissa Bates) 3:24.79. 5. Cal C (Emily Bibb, Colleen Fotsch, Sara Sun, Cindy Tran) 3:32.70.
*NCAA B qualifying standard