Nov. 29, 2010
BERKELEY - Both sides of the California team will be in action from Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 2-4, as Golden Bears head coach Teri McKeever takes her fifth-ranked swimmers to the 2010 AT&T Short Course National Championships in Columbus, Ohio, while diving coach Todd Mulzet takes his Bears to the Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame Invitational in Austin, Texas.
The Cal swimmers will then compete in the USA Swimming Long-Course Invitational on Sunday, Dec. 5, in Columbus at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion at Ohio State, which will also host short-course nationals. Results for nationals, which will be swum in short-course yards, will be available at OmegaTiming.com and at this site: http://www.star-meets.org/results/SCNats/2010/
Short-course nationals will consist of men's and women's preliminary races, which start at noon Pacific Time, and finals, which begin at 2 p.m. PT. Here is the schedule for the meet:
Day 1- Thursday, Dec. 2
200 Freestyle Relay
200 Individual Medley
400 Medley Relay
Day 2 - Friday, Dec. 3
200 Medley Relay
400 Individual Medley
800 Freestyle Relay
Day 3 - Saturday, Dec. 4
400 Free Relay
The Texas meet, a men's and women's swimming and diving invitational, will take place at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. Diving results will be available at www.divemeets.com. Here is the diving schedule for the Texas meet (all times Pacific):
Thursday, Dec. 2
10:30-11:15 a.m. - Men's 1-meter prelims
12:30-2:30 p.m. - Women's 3-meter prelims
3:15-3:45 p.m. - Men's 1-meter finals
4:15-4:45 p.m. - Women's 3-meter finals
Friday, Dec. 3
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Women's 1-meter prelims
1:30-3:15 p.m. - Men's 3-meter prelims
3:15-3:45 p.m. - Women's 1-meter finals
4:15-4:45 p.m. - Men's 3-meter finals
Saturday, Dec. 4
10:30-11:30 a.m. - Women's platform finals (no preliminary session)
1:00-1:45 p.m. - Men's platform finals (no preliminary session)
Wilson and Au Back From the Asian Games
Cal senior Hannah Wilson and freshman Stephanie Au swam at the recent 16th Asian Games for their native Hong Kong. The meet was held from Nov. 13-18 in Guangzhou, the capital of the Guangdong Province in China. Both swimmers captured bronze medals in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay with a time of 3:43.17 and both swam on the 4x200-meter freestyle relay that placed fourth in a time of 8:08.11.
Besides the relays, Au posted a time of 2:05.05 and an 11th-place finish in the 200-meter freestyle but did not advance to the finals. Also, the Cal freshman posted a time of 4:24.33 and an 11th-place finish in the 400-meter freestyle but did not advance past the preliminary heats.
Wilson swam in five other races besides the freestyle relays, including the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle, the 50-meter and 100-meter butterfly, and the 4 x 100-medley relay. She reached the championship finals in all of her races, posting a fourth-place finish in the 50 freestyle (25.73), finishing fourth in the 100 freestyle (55.33), placing sixth in the 50 fly (26.97), taking fourth in the 100 fly (59.26), and posting a third-place bronze medal finish in the 4 x 100-medly relay (4:06.83).
Scouting the Golden Bears
Cal has produced a 2-1 dual-meet record after wins at Nevada and Colorado State and a setback at home against third-ranked Texas. The Bears hold 16 individual NCAA B consideration times and four relay NCAA B times.
Sophomore Caitlin Leverenz has recorded NCAA B times in five individual events - 100-yard breaststroke (1:01.86), 200 breaststroke (2:10.95), 200 butterfly (1:59.70), 200 individual medley (1:57.90) and 400 IM (4:09.36). Leverenz has posted Cal's fastest times in both breaststrokes and both IMs. She ranks second on the team in the 200 fly behind senior Amanda Sims (1:58.55, NCAA B).
After Leverenz, Sims and three other Bears have posted NCAA B times. Sims paces the Bears in the 200 fly as well as in the 100 fly (53.43, NCAA B). Junior Liv Jensen, Cal's top sprinter, has collected NCAA B times in the 50 free (22.45) and 100 free (49.41), while fellow freestyler Hannah Wilson has NCAA B times in the 100 (49.88) and 200 (1:48.84). Wilson leads the Bears with her 200-free time. Senior Katie Kastes holds NCAA B times with her team-leading 500 free time of 4:51.33 and in the 200 fly (2:00.66), in which she ranks third on the squad.
The talented freshman class has produced three of Cal's current NCAA B times, with Cindy Tran pacing the Bears in the 100 backstroke (54.08), Deborah Roth leading the way in the 200 back (1:58.22) and Nathalie Lindborg ranking second in the 100 free (49.52).
Cal currently holds NCAA B times in four relays, including the 200-free relay (1:31.63; Lindborg, junior Colleen Fotsch, junior Katherine Raatz and Jensen), 400-free relay (3:20.69; Roth, Lindborg, Raatz and Jensen), 200-medley relay (1:40.16; Tran, Leverenz, Sims and Jensen) and 400-medley relay (3:36.39; Tran, Leverenz, Sims and Jensen). The Bears rank fourth in the Pac-10 with their top 800-free relay time of 7:23.91 (Leverenz, freshman Samantha Shellem, Lindborg and Jensen).
In diving, Todd Mulzet will bring senior Laura Sanford, junior Molly Hayes and sophomore Kelsey Heiken to Texas. Freshman Kahley Rowell has posted Cal's only NCAA qualifying mark of the season so far with a platform score of 232.60 at the Trojan Diving Invitational. Rowell placed fourth.
Last Time Out
Fifth-ranked Cal placed second in the Arena Invitational on Nov. 20 at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool, where the Golden Bears posted seven NCAA B qualifying times in championship finals on the last day of the meet. The Bears scored 792 points to finish behind top-ranked Stanford (1641).
Cal senior Sara Sun started the night with an eighth-place finish in a time of 16:48.23 in the 1650-yard freestyle. Freshman Deborah Roth placed fifth in the 200-yard backstroke with an NCAA B time of 1:58.22. A pair of Bears posted NCAA B times in the A final of the 100 free, as junior Liv Jensen finished fifth in 48.62 and freshman Nathalie Lindborg was eighth in 50.19.
Sophomore Caitlin Leverenz, the 2010 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, had Cal's best individual finish of the night. She took second in the 200 breaststroke in an NCAA B time of 2:10.95. In the 200 butterfly, senior Amanda Sims placed fifth in an NCAA B time of 1:58.75, while senior Katie Kastes was 11th in an NCAA B time of 2:00.66.
The 400-free relay capped the night, with the Cal A quartet of Roth, Lindborg, junior Katherine Raatz and Jensen posting an NCAA B time of 3:20.69 to take second place.
In diving, Cal sophomore placed fourth in the one-meter springboard final with a score of 255.70 on the final day of the Trojan Diving Invitational on Nov. 6 at the USC McDonald's Swim Stadium. Two more Golden Bears reached the final, with junior Molly Hayes taking seventh place with a score of 244.80 and senior Laura Sanford taking 12th with a score of 213.15.
A Look at Last Year's Nationals and at Diving in Texas
Cal won the collegiate team title at the 2009 AT&T Short Course National Championships in Federal Way, Wash. The victorious Bears compiled 282 points, while runner-up USC was second (200). Cal produced several sterling performances, as the Bears won all five relays and then-freshman Caitlin Leverenz set a school record of 4:06.69 in the 400-yard individual medley. Leverenz's time was an automatic NCAA qualifying time and placed her fourth in the final.
The Cal quartet of Erica Dagg, Leverenz, Amanda Sims and Liv Jensen won the 200-yard medley relay in an NCAA B consideration time of 1:40.05. Dagg, Leverenz, Sims and Jensen also claimed the 400-yard medley relay in an NCAA B consideration time of 3:37.09.
Cal also posted NCAA B times with its winning freestyle relays. Amanda Larson, Colleen Fotsch, Dagg and Jensen were victorious in the 200-free relay with a time of 1:31.64, while Sims, Dagg, Sara Isakovic and Jensen won the 400 with a time of 3:17.60. Leverenz, Lauren Boyle, Jensen and Isakovic won the 800 in a time of 7:07.11.
In last year's Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame Invitational, Cal divers reached three championship finals, with Alissa Barker placing eighth on platform (198.40), Kelsey Heiken taking sixth on the one-meter springboard (252.90) and Heiken taking eighth on the three-meter springboard (256.65).
The Cal divers compete in the UCLA Invitational from Jan. 7-9 in Los Angeles. The Cal swimmers and divers travel to Arizona to take on Arizona State on Jan. 21 in Tempe and Arizona on Jan. 22 in Tucson.