Feb. 29, 2008
Long Beach - Juniors Dana Vollmer and Lauren Rogers repeated as Pac-10 Champions in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard backstroke, respectively, in the third day of competition at the Pac-10 Championships in Long Beach at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool. The Golden Bears remained in third-place in the overall points standings with 830. Arizona continues to lead with 1,027 points, followed by Stanford with 964.
Head coach Teri McKeever once again praised the efforts of her hard-working team in the pool today, noting how proud she was of how the team performed in the morning preliminaries to put themselves in the championship heats and accumulate team points. McKeever spread the high marks from top to bottom and had extra high acclaim for Rogers and Vollmer repeating as champions.
Vollmer reaffirmed her status as Pac-10 royalty of the 100 fly with a first-place finish time of 51.25 - the fourth-fastest mark in school history. Vollmer, who won last year's Pac-10 100 fly at a record time of 50.80, owns the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth-fastest 100 fly times in school history. Standout senior Emily Silver (52.91) and freshman sensation Hannah Wilson (a personal-best 53.05) placed 4-5 in the 100 fly finals as well. The other dynamic freshman, Amanda Sims placed seventh with a time of 53.15.
Cal's heralded freshmen class also includes Tara Thomas, who had a 12th place, personal-best time of 53.78 in the "A" consolation final of the 100 fly as well. Freshman Elise Etem posted a personal-best 54.97 in the "B" consolation final.
Rogers continued to assault the Cal record books in the 100 back with her first-place finish of 51.80 - the second-fastest mark in program history and lifetime best. Earlier in the afternoon, Rogers recorded the fastest preliminary time of 52.83 - now the fourth-fastest time in school history. Rogers now owns four of the top 10 fastest marks in the 100 back in school history. Not to go unnoticed, this was Rogers' second consecutive win in the 100 back at the conference championships, besting last year's time of 53.48.
Senior Rachel Ridgeway placed fifth in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:12.62 - the fourth-fastest time in school history. Earlier in the day in the prelims, Ridgeway swam a lifetime best 4:11.96 - the third fastest time in program history. Sophomore Heather White came in eighth in the 400 IM with a time of 4:19.83.
Junior Madison Kennedy shaved off nearly two seconds from her morning preliminary time to finish in third-place in the 200-yard freestyle with the eighth-fastest mark in school history at 1:46.17. Registering a sixth-place finish in the 200 free was Lauren Boyle, who touched the wall at 1:47.89.
Sophomore Amanda Larson improved her 200 free time by two seconds with a personal-best 1:48.36, while Dagg swam a 1:50.22 in the "A" consolation finals.
The championships conclude tomorrow with the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and the 400 free relay. Live coverage of the Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championships can be found at: http://www.collegeswimming.com/week3/#Pac10.