Bears Add Three Medals at Pan Pacs Meet
GOLD COAST, Australia – The Pan Pacific Championships concluded Sunday with Golden Bears picking up three more medals on the final day of competition. Lauren Boyle took silver in the 1500-meter freestyle, while Caitlin Leverenz picked up bronze in the 200 individual medley, and Missy Franklin added silver on the 4x100 medley relay.
Swimming the 1500 free, Boyle, a New Zealand native who graduated from Cal in 2010, finished in 15:55.69, the second-fastest time in the world this year. In addition, incoming freshman Cierra Runge was fourth in 16:04.48, which ranks No. 7 on the world list for 2014.
Leverenz, who continues to train in Berkeley after finishing her Golden Bear career in 2013, was third in the 200 IM in 2:11.23. In the final event of the meet, Franklin swam the leadoff backstroke leg in 59.99 to help the U.S. 4x100 medley relay squad to a second-place finish behind Australia.
In all, Golden Bear swimmers came away with nine total medals. Franklin, who is entering her sophomore year at Cal this fall, had four – 100 back (bronze), 4x200 free relay (gold), 4x100 free relay (silver) and 4x100 medley relay (silver). Boyle collected the most individual hardware with three medals – silver in the 800 and 1500 free and bronze in the 400 free. Runge (silver, 400 free) and Leverenz (bronze, 200 IM) both earned one medal apiece.
For complete results from the Pan Pac Championships, click here.