California takes to the water for the fourth time in five consecutive weeks of competition with a contingent of 10 Golden Bears traveling to Fresno for the Early Bird Invitational Friday and Saturday.
Last year, a full Cal squad set 17 meet or pool records in 20 events and came away with a team victory over Fresno State and San Jose State.
The trip also provides Cal coach Teri McKeever with a visit to where she started her head coaching career. McKeever was the Fresno State women’s coach from 1988-92 and the men’s and women’s coach from 1990-92.
Now in her 22nd year with the Bears, McKeever’s list of acheivements includes being a multi-time Pac-12 and NCAA Coach of the Year, leading the USA women’s team at the 2012 Olympics in London and directing the Bears to three national team championships.
Among the Cal swimmers remaining in Berkeley to train this weekend are Missy Franklin, Elizabeth Pelton and Rachel Bootsma.
Following the Fresno trip, the Bears perennial power Florida on Saturday, Oct. 19 before taking a week off.
Celina Li to Be Featured in Sports Illustrated: Freshman Celina Li is featured in this week’s Sports Illustrated Faces in Crowd for the Queen of the Pool title she claimed during Cal’s meet at Cal Poly Sept. 20. In a pentathlon that included 100-yard events in all four strokes and the IM, Li had the lowest combined time (4:43.10), just ahead of Missy Franklin’s 4:43.22.
Catch the Bears on TV: Fans who can’t be at Cal’s meets in person will have plenty of opportunities to catch the Golden Bears on TV this season. Of the team’s five dual meets after Jan. 1, four will be aired on the Pac-12 Networks - Jan. 24 vs. Arizona State, Jan. 25 vs. Arizona, Feb. 1 at UCLA and Feb. 15 at Stanford. In addition, the Pac-12 Championships Feb. 26-March 1 will also be shown on the Pac-12 Networks.
Follow the Bears Live: Fans of Cal swimming & diving can now follow all home and select away results live through a free app that is available in both iPhone and Android platforms. Just search for Meet Mobile and download it.
Freshmen Take Lead in Win over WSU: In Cal’s first home meet of the season, Golden Bear newcomers starred in a 164-89 win over Washington State last Friday. Missy Franklin won the 100-yard back (54.37) and anchored the victorious 400-yard medley relay. Other freshmen to grab headlines included Celina Li (400 IM, 4:13.42), Marina Garcia (1000 free, 10:20.53; 200 breast, 2:17.51) and Farida Osman (50 free, 23.56; 100 fly, 55.07).
Four Bears Up for Golden Goggles: Four Golden Bears – sophomore Elizabeth Pelton, freshman Missy Franklin and graduates Natalie Coughlin and Dana Vollmer – are nominated for Golden Goggles Awards in four different categories. Pelton is up for the Perseverance Award, while Franklin is a candidate for Female Athlete of the Year and Female Race of the Year (200 free at the World Championships). In the Relay Performance of the Year category, Franklin and Coughlin were teammates on the USA 400 free relay at Worlds, and Franklin was part of the nominated USA 800 free relay, and Franklin and Vollmer were on the USA 400 medley relay. The ceremony will take place on Sunday, Nov. 24 and fans can vote for their favorites at goldengoggles.com.