Jan. 11, 2012
BERKELEY - California junior Caitlin Leverenz claimed the Pac-12 Women's Swimmer of the Month award for December, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Tuesday.
Leverenz posted NCAA automatic qualifying times en route to capturing four event titles among a talented field at the Georgia Fall Invitational. Leverenz set Cal records with her victories in the 400-yard individual medley (4:00.59) and 100-yard breaststroke (59.20) at the Dec. 2-4 meet in Athens, Ga. In addition, she won the 200 breaststroke (2:07.66) and the 200 butterfly (1:53.78) in Athens. The No. 2 Golden Bears finished second to top-ranked and host Georgia.
Outside of collegiate competition, Leverenz set the American record in the 400-meter IM (4:24.62) at the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool on Dec. 16 in Atlanta. She also won the 200-meter IM (2:09.39) and 400-meter IM (4:36.68) at the AT&T Winter National Championships from Dec. 1-2 in Atlanta.
The Pac-12 honor is Leverenz's second career monthly award - she earned a Pac-10 Swimmer of the Month laurel last season - and the seventh such conference honor for the Golden Bears.