Nov. 20, 2010
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Fifth-ranked California placed second in the Arena Invitational on Saturday night at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool, where they posted seven NCAA B qualifying times in championship finals on the last day of the meet. The Golden Bears scored 792 points to finish behind top-ranked Stanford (1641). Pac-10 schools swept the top three spots, as Arizona State placed third (693.5).
"The weekend was very beneficial to see where we are," Cal head coach Teri McKeever said. "It gave me a perspective of the team as well as a number of new athletes. I learned a lot and definitely saw areas that need improving. We're anxious to rest and continue to move forward."
Cal senior Sara Sun started the night with an eighth-place finish in a time of 16:48.23 in the 1650-yard freestyle. Freshman Deborah Roth placed fifth in the 200-yard backstroke with an NCAA B time of 1:58.22.
Sophomore Caitlin Leverenz, the 2010 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, had Cal's best individual finish of the night. She took second in the 200 breaststroke in an NCAA B time of 2:10.95.
The 400-free relay capped the night, with the Cal A quartet of Roth, Lindborg, junior Katherine Raatz and Jensen posting an NCAA B time of 3:20.69 to take second place.
The Cal swimmers next compete in the Dec. 2-4 U.S. Short-Course National Championships, while the Cal divers, who did not compete in Long Beach, hit the pool in the Dec. 2-4 Texas Invitational.
Nov. 20 in Long Beach, Calif.
Final Team Standings (top 10)
Team Points 1. Stanford 1641 2. California 792 3. Arizona State 693.5 4. San Diego State 691 5. UCLA 531 6. UNLV 481.5 7. Oregon State 435 8. San Jose State 410 9. BYU 323 10. UC Santa Barbara 291
*NCAA B qualifying standard