Dec. 3, 2010
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Powered by a meet record in the 200-yard medley relay and a school record in the 400-yard individual medley, fifth-ranked California ended Friday night in first place in the team standings at the AT&T Short Course National Championships at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the campus of Ohio State. The Golden Bears have a score of 428 points. USC trails in second place (349 points) and Notre Dame is third (187).
The Cal quartet of freshman Cindy Tran, sophomore Caitlin Leverenz, junior Colleen Fotsch and junior Liv Jensen posted a victorious and NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:36.79 in the 200-medley relay.
Leverenz swam her second NCAA automatic qualifier of the night and broke her own school record when she swam a time of 4:05.04 in the 400 IM. Cal senior Katie Kastes also reached the championship final of the 400 IM, finishing ninth in an NCAA B qualifying time of 4:15.33.
"It was a really good day today, with more qualifying standards, with more improvement and with progress," Cal head coach Teri McKeever said. "Caitlin's school record in the 400 IM along with strong performances by Katie Kastes, Cindy Tran, Colleen Fotsch, Deborah Roth, Amanda Sims and Hannah Wilson made for a great day."
Three Bears swam NCAA B times in the championship final of the 100 butterfly, with Sims, a senior, taking third (52.40), Wilson , another senior, finishing sixth (52.72) and Fotsch placing 10th (53.69).
Kastes, a senior, collected Cal's best finish in the 200 freestyle, placing 17th in an NCAA B time of 1:48.41. Former Bear Madison Kennedy, swimming for Cal Aquatics, posted a 14th-place finish (1:47.92).
Leverenz, in her third event of the night, took third in the 100 breaststroke in an NCAA B time of 1:00.35.
The championship final of the 100 backstroke featured two freshman - Tran (4th in 52.90/NCAAB) and Roth (5th in 53.20/NCAA B) - senior Erica Dagg (10th in 55.03/NCAA B) from Cal.
The Bears closed Friday's finals by putting two squads in the top eight of the 800-free relay. The Cal A foursome (Wilson, freshman Nathalie Lindborg, Dagg and Kastes) finished second in an NCAA B time of 7:09.14, while the Cal B quartet (freshman Samantha Shellem, freshman Stephanie Au, Roth and junior Katherine Raatz) placed sixth in an NCAA B time of 7:17.42.
Cal also leads the combined men's and women's team standings, with a total of 608.50 points. The host Buckeyes are second (512.50) and USC (484.50) is third.
In the Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame Invitational, junior Molly Hayes collected Cal's best finish on the one-meter springboard, posting a score of 244.00 and missing the final by two spots.
Both meets will end on Saturday, Dec. 4.
2010 AT&T Short Course National Championships
Dec. 3 in Columbus, Ohio
1. California 428 2. USC 349 3. Notre Dame 187 4. Indiana 115 5. Ohio State 97 6. Louisville 90 7. Yale 83 8. Northwestern 80 9. Stanford 63 10. Navy 19 11. Minnesota 13 12. George Mason 11 13. St. Francis 8 13. Cal St. Bakersfield 8 15. UC Santa Barbara 5