Feb. 27, 2013
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Defending Pac-12 champion California sits in fourth place after the first day and first two events of the Pac-12 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on Wednesday evening at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center. The second-ranked Golden Bears had a total of 108 points after taking second place in the second event of the night - the 800-yard freestyle relay.
Sophomore Catherine Breed, sophomore Caroline Piehl, sophomore Melanie Klaren and freshman Elizabeth Pelton swam a time of 6:58.95 in the 800-freestyle relay for the Bears. Fourth-ranked Stanford, which won that relay in a time of 6:57.12, has 118 points to lead the field, sixth-ranked Arizona, which won the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:36.22, is second with 116 points and top-ranked USC (110) is third.
Cal posted a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay - the first event of the conference meet - as the quartet of junior Cindy Tran, senior Caitlin Leverenz, freshman Rachel Bootsma and freshman Rachael Acker posted a time of 1:36.62, which was just four tenths of a second off of the winning time.
"It was an okay start to the meet," Cal head coach Teri McKeever said. "The 800-free relay was good. We had nice splits by all four women, and the B team did great. It was a close 200-medley relay, and we definitely have room for improvement. We probably qualified another individual for NCs, and that's the main objective."
Cal's B team in the 800-free relay - sophomore Camille Cheng, freshman Lauren Driscoll, freshman Kelly Naze and freshman Alicia Grima - clocked a time of 7:07.45 and would have placed sixth if Cal's A team had not competed.
Day two of the Pac-12 Championships continues on Thursday at 11 a.m. with preliminary events in the 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle and one-meter springboard. At 6 p.m. on Thursday, the meet will include finals in those four events along with the final of the 200-free relay.
On March 5, the Pac-12 Networks will broadcast a condensed version of the conference meet at 7:30 p.m. PT.