Feb. 28, 2013
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Freshman Elizabeth Pelton continued California's strong tradition in the 200-yard individual medley when she won the event on Thursday night - edging defending NCAA champion and senior teammate Caitlin Leverenz - at the Pac-12 Championships. The Golden Bears remained in fourth place with 396.5 points after seven events at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center. Stanford is in first place with 491.5 points.
Pelton posted an automatic NCAA qualifying time of 1:54.29 to out touch Leverenz, who was just two hundredths of a second behind Pelton with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:54.31. In the B final, Cal notched two lifetime-bests, as freshman Kelly Naze took 10th with an NCAA B time of 1:57.90 and sophomore Caroline Piehl clocked an NCAA B time of 1:58.63.
Cal opened the night with two Bears reaching the A final of the 500-yard freestyle - fourth-place sophomore Catherine Breed (4:42.10, NCAA B) and fifth-place freshman Lauren Driscoll (4:42.12, NCAA B). Sophomore Melanie Klaren won the consolation final with lifetime-best and NCAA B time of 4:42.42.
In the 50 free, sophomore Kaylin Bing posted Cal's fastest time of the season with an NCAA B time of 22.22 to tie for third place.
Junior Kahley Rowell collected Cal's best finish in the three-meter springboard, finishing 15th with a score of 242.90.
"We had some nice swimming tonight," Cal head coach Teri McKeever said. "I was very proud of the women who swam the 500 free. Melanie had a lifetime best, and Catherine and Lauren showed some tough racing. Then we had lifetime bests from Caroline and Kelly in the 200 IM, and getting a 1-2 finish with Elizabeth and Caitlin was fun to see! We got our first Pac-12 title from Liz.
"Kaylin reached her first Pac-12 final - in the 50 free - and then to medal was huge. We're still experimenting with relays and looking for combinations. Bootsma's split was impressive. Low numbers in the diving hurt us in the team race, but the primary objective is getting more women to Indy for NCAAs, and we did that tonight. We have to be ready for a big morning tomorrow. Go Bears!"
On March 5, the Pac-12 Networks will broadcast a condensed version of the conference meet at 7:30 p.m. PT.
The four-day meet continues on Friday, March 1, and concludes on Saturday, March 2.
Standings (Through Event 7/Day 2)
Team Points 1. Stanford 491.5 2. USC 442.5 3. Arizona 407.5 4. California 396.5 5. UCLA 313 6. Arizona State 308 7. Oregon State 158 8. Utah 117 9. Washington State 54
^NCAA A/Automatic Qualifying Time