BERKELEY – Cal’s No.1 women’s swimming & diving team closed out its home season with a convincing 190-109 victory over 10th-ranked Arizona Saturday before a record and capacity crowd of more than 1,500 fans at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
The meet will be televised later tonight on the Pac-12 Networks, beginning at 8:30 p.m.
The Golden Bears won 11 of 16 events, led by freshman Missy Franklin, who captured three individual races for the second day in a row. Cal defeated Arizona State Friday to open the weekend’s competition. The afternoon also served as the final home meet for Cal six seniors – Stephanie Au, Melissa Bates, K.T. Livingstone, Kahley Rowell, Mikkel-Ane Stipe and Cindy Tran – allowing them each to go out a winner.
Early in the meet, Cal posted a 1-2 finish in the 200-yard medley relay. The foursome of Rachel Bootsma, Marina Garcia, Tran and Kaylin Bing reached the wall first in 1:41.59, with Au, Yvette Kong, Farida Osman and Camille Cheng holding off UA’s team by .02 seconds in 1:41.59 for second place.
Next in the 200 free, sophomore Rachael Acker went out quickly from lane 2 and came through to win in 1:47.03. Caroline Piehl (1:48.31) and Elizabeth Pelton (1:48.43) followed up to give the Bears a sweep of the top three places.
Perhaps the most notable victory for the Bears came in the 50-yard freestyle when Bing out-touched reigning NCAA champion Margo Geer of Arizona, 22.80 to 22.85.
“Overall, I thought we did a great job,” head coach Teri McKeever said. “We had more people stepping it up and getting it done. We talk a lot about doing something to inspire your teammates, and we saw that several times this afternoon - Camille getting her hand to the wall, Rachael going out in the 200 (free), Kaylin beating someone of that stature. With school starting and travel beginning again, we just need to be careful about what we’re doing, not only from a workout perspective, but also out of the pool. We need stay healthy and see where it takes us.”
Franklin, who captured the 200 and 500 free and 200 back against ASU, claimed the 100 and 500 free plus the 100 back vs. Arizona. She let a one through four showing in the 100 back in 53.46, while she prevailed in the 100 free by more than a second in 48.47. In the 500 free, Franklin methodically pulled away from the field and finished with a nearly six-second advantage in 4:46.79
In the 200 back, American-record holder and defending NCAA champion Pelton used a strong back half of the race to overtake Arizona’s Bonnie Brandon in the final 25 yards, winning 1:55.96 to 1:56.45.
Sophomore diver Anne Kastler completed a strong weekend of action with a runner-up showing on the 3-meter board (296.03 – less than two points behind winner Michal Bower of UA) and a triumph on the 1-meter board (294.68)
Tran led wire-to-wire to prevail in the 100 fly, finishing in 54.92, just ahead of Ashley Evans of Arizona (55.09) with Cal’s Celina Li in third (55.10).
The Bears then swept the 200 IM, led by Li’s 1:59.52. Pelton was next in 2:00.90, with Piehl third in 2:05.00 and Kelly Naze fourth in 2:05.63.
Finally, Cal closed out the meet by pulling away to claim the 400 free relay in 3:18.68 behind the quartet of Cheng, Franklin, Acker and Pelton.
Although the Bears are finished with their home campaign, they get back into the pool next weekend when they visit USC Friday and UCLA Saturday. The meet against the Bruins begins at noon and will be aired on the Pac-12 Networks.