LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Top-rated California maintained its winning streak on the second day of the UNLV Fall Invitational Friday, claiming victory in all seven events. The Golden Bears also swept each of the five races on the opening night of competition Thursday.
Perhaps no event showcased Cal’s depth more than the 100-yard backstroke where Bears secured the first five spots. Senior Cindy Tran, the NCAA champion in the event in 2011 and ’12, emerged victorious with a time of 52.22, while 2013 NCAA winner Rachel Bootsma was second in 52.52. Cal’s Melanie Klaren was third in 52.70 and Missy Franklin came in fourth in 53.32. Stephanie Au rounded out the Cal contingent in fifth in 53.79.
In the first event of the day, the Bears finished 1-2-3 in the 200 medley relay. Bootsma, Marina Garcia, Tran and Kaylin Bing cruised home in 1:38.56, followed by the foursome of Au, Yvette Kong, Farida Osman and Rachael Acker in 1:39.47. Klaren, Melissa Bates, Sophia Batchelor and Caroline Piehl completed the trifecta in 1:41.53.
Elizabeth Pelton was a more than two-second winner in the 400 individual medley in 4:10.83, followed by Franklin in 4:13.13 and Garcia in 4:16.31. Batchelor then edged Pelton in the 100 butterfly, finishing in 52.49 to Pelton’s 52.64. Osman picked up fourth place in 53.69.
Piehl posted an impressive 1:46.44 victory in the 200 free to nip Acker, the 2013 Pac-12 champion in the event who was timed in 1:48.01. In the 100 breaststroke, Garcia led from the start to prevail in 1:01.27.
Racing wrapped up with the 800 free relay and Cal’s A and B teams finished 1-2. Pelton, Acker, Catherine Breed and Klaren touched the wall in 7:09.85, with Garcia, Piehl, Camille Cheng and Au next in 7:11.60.
In all, 17 individual Cal swims plus both relays achieved NCAA B standards on the day despite some air quality issues that were affecting teams at the Buchanan Natatorium.
The order of the team standings did not change from Thursday, with the Bears holding a commanding lead with 825 points. UCLA is second with 394, followed by Arizona State with 334.5 and UNLV with 245.5.
The UNLV Fall Invitational concludes Saturday with morning preliminaries and afternoon finals in six different events.