When the Stanford team knocked off by Cal also happens to be the top ranked team in the country, well, it's that much better.
That's exactly what went down on Saturday afternoon at Spieker Pool as the Golden Bears hosted the Cardinal for the final dual meet of the 2011 women's swimming and diving season and sent them back to Palo Alto defeated 155-145.
"Today was an absolutely beautiful day and we had more people than I think I've ever seen at a swim meet," said sophomore Caitlin Leverenz, who won three individual events and set two pool records, including one held previously by Cal swimming legend Natalie Coughlin. "We've only beaten them a few times, so that just makes this that much more special."
More specifically, it was only the fifth time that the Bears had beaten the Cardinal in a dual meet, and Leverenz believes it was the first time Cal had ever been successful doing so at Spieker Pool.
Despite the individual efforts of Leverenz, senior Amanda Sims (winner of the 100 and 200 butterfly) and junior Liv Jensen (winner of the 50 and 100 freestyle), it took a come-from-behind effort in the 400 freestyle relay for the Bears to capture their first Big Meet win since 2006.
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The Cal band plays pre-meet for the fans at Spieker Pool.
The Cal swimming and diving roster is introduced before the Big Meet.
Sophomore Caitlin Leverenz (right) enters Spieker Pool for the 200 IM. She won the event as well as two others on the day.
Head coach Teri McKeever looks on as her team celebrates knocking off No. 1 Stanford.
Cal thanks the fans for attending the Big Meet on Saturday, February 12.