California hosts its final dual meet of the calendar year when the Golden Bears swim against Wisconsin starting at 1 p.m. Friday at Spieker Aquatics Center. The event will feature competition between both the men’s and women’s squads and admission for the afternoon is free.
Cal is coming off a bye in its schedule following a hard-fought 238-210 victory over Florida - a two-day competition between the swimming powers held on Oct. 19-20 in Berkeley.
This weekend, the Bears and Badgers will be meeting in Berkeley for the second year in a row. In 2012, Cal won all 16 events on its way to a 170-110 victory.
Wisconsin is coached by former Bear assistant Whitney Hite, who now oversees both the men’s and women’s programs for the Badgers. He served as an assistant to Cal’s Teri McKeever from 2004-06.
Bears Edge Florida in Latest Outing: Cal and Florida competed against each other at Spieker Aquatics Complex on Oct. 19-20, and the Golden Bears emerged with a 238-210 victory over the Gators. Sophomore Elizabeth Pelton provided the highlight when she set a pool record in the 200-yard backstroke, finishing in 1:53.94 - almost six seconds ahead of her nearest pursuer. Pelton also claimed the 200 IM and picked up a key win on day two when she edged Florida’s Natalie Hinds, 49.96 to 50.00, in the 100 free. Freshman Celina Li claimed both the 100 and 200 fly, while other double winners for Cal were Marina Garcia in the 100 and 200 breast and Missy Franklin in day one’s versions of the 200 and 500 free.
Missy Franklin Named Sportswoman of the Year: Golden Bear freshman Missy Franklin added to long list of awards Oct. 16 when she was named the Sportswoman of the Year for an individual sport by the Women’s Sports Foundation during a ceremony in New York. Franklin captured a women’s-record six gold medals during the 2013 FINA World Championships and was a four-time individual champion at U.S. Nationals in the 100- and 200-meter freestyle and backstroke. Among the finalists were Serena Williams (tennis), Inbee Park (golf) and Jenn Stuhr (track & field).
Cal has had two others recognized by the Women’s Sports Foundation. Swimmer Natalie Coughlin received the individual sport award in 2003, while soccer star Alex Morgan took home the Sportswoman of the Year for a team sport last year.
No Autographs This Friday: Due to a team commitment following Friday’s meet vs. Wisconsin, the Bears will not be signing autographs after the meet. Check back when Cal returns to Spieker Aquatics Complex for Pac-12 duals against Arizona State and Arizona in January for the next autograph opportunities.
Catch the Bears on TV: Four of Cal’s five conference dual meets this year will be televised 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.
Celina Li Featured in Sports Illustrated: Freshman Celina Li was featured in the Oct. 14 issue of Sports Illustrated in 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.
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.
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.
Don’t Forget the Divers: Cal’s corps of divers saw its first action of the year on Oct. 19 vs. Florida, and the top finish came from senior Kahley Rowell, who took second on the 3-meter board with a score of 301.65. The group has two diving exclusive events on the upcoming calendar - the Wildcat Diving Invitational Nov. 22-24 in Tucson, Ariz., and the Bruin Diving Invitational Jan. 10-12 in Los Angeles. Among those returning for the Bears are Rowell, who placed third on platform at the Pac-12 Championships last year, and sophomore Sara-Lina Boushakra, who took fourth on platform at Pac-12s.
World Championships Success: At the 2013 World Championships held over the summer in Barcelona, 12 Cal swimmers – current, incoming and graduates – accounted for 15 total medals, including gold by current team members Missy Franklin (100m and 200m back, 200m free, 400m and 800m free relay, 400m medley relay) and Elizabeth Pelton (400m free relay, 400m medley relay).
Reigning Champions: Sophomores Elizabeth Pelton and Rachel Bootsma both captured NCAA titles in their first season with the Bears in 2013. Pelton was named the Swimmer of the Meet after setting an American record in the 200-yard backstroke, and Bootsma won the 100 back.