Leverenz Shines for Bears in Toshiba Classic

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Three long days in Long Beach, Calif., for the Toshiba Classic at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool awarded the No. 6 Cal women's swimming team with a second-place finish behind rival Stanford and in front of third place UCLA.

Along with second place out of the 25 teams present, the Bears posted numerous NCAA B-level times and saw great performances out of freshman standout Caitlin Leverenz.

Thursday, Cal garnered nine NCAA B-qualifying times, coming from senior Heather White, junior Hannah Wilson and junior transfer Katie Kastes.

Leverenz grabbed second place in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:58.34, earning her the seventh-best time in the Bears' record books. The foursome of Liv Jensen, Hannah Wilson, Amanda Larson and Erica Dagg took home second place in 200-yard freestyle relay.

Leverenz's time of 4:09.76 in the 400-yard individual medley on Friday set Cal's all-time record in that event and earned her second place behind Stanford's Julia Smit.

For the finals in the evening, Amanda Sims, Colleen Fotsch, Leverenz and Wilson ended up third in the 200-yard medley relay with an NCAA B-qualifying time. Wilson and Sims posted the Bears' best times in the 100-yard butterfly as well.

On the last day of the invitational, sophomore Sara Isakovic won the 200-yard butterfly, qualifying for an NCAA conditional time and set the pool record with her 1:55.83 time. Again, Leverenz put records in the books with a time of 4:09.76 in the 400 individual medley and times that put her in the top 10 for 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard butterfly.

Cal wrapped up the meet with a second place finish in the 400-free relay. Dagg, Jensen, Isakovic and Wilson earned a NCAA consideration time for the relay with 3:19.75.

Stanford took home the overall win with 1,809.5 points to the Bears' 1,137. Smit, the Cardinal's three-time NCAA champion, took home three wins and broke a Stanford school record in the 200-yard backstroke.

Contact Kelly Suckow at [email protected]

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