Sports Briefs: Ervin Qualifies For 50-Free Final



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Cal sprinter Anthony Ervin qualified for the Olympic finals in the 50-meter freestyle with his third-place finish in the qualifying heats (22.13 seconds). The finals took place today at 2 a.m., but results were not available at the time of publication.

A sophomore, Ervin finished behind U.S. training partner Gary Hall, Jr. (22.07) and Holland's double gold-medalist Pieter Van Der Hoogenband (22.11). Russian sprint star Alexander Popov is seeded fourth just four hundredths of a second behind Ervin, with a time of 22.17.

The NCAA champ in the 50- and 100-meter free, Ervin stands a good chance of improving his position in the finals. He swam a 21.80 at the U.S. Olympic Trials earlier this year. Ervin was also only the fifth person ever to break the 22.00 mark in this event.

Earlier this week in Sydney Ervin was part of the U.S. 400-meter free relay team that took the silver medal behind the powerful Australian team.

In today's event, Ervin will be looking to atone for his sub-par performance in the relay when he saddled the U.S. with a .71 second deficit after the first leg of the race. The Americans lost the race by .19 seconds.

FIELD HOCKEY HEADS TO THE FARM

The Cal field hockey team looks to extend its conference win streak to three games when the Bears take on Stanford tomorrow in Palo Alto at 1 p.m.

The Bears (4-3, 2-0 in the NorPac) are coming off a 3-1 victory over Southwest Missouri State Wednesday at Kleeberger Field. The Cardinal (4-5, 3-1) enter the match following a 1-0 double-penalty strokes loss to SMS on Tuesday.

The Bears are counting on the continued outstanding play of freshman midfielder Nora Feddersen, who leads Cal in goals (4) and points (8). Senior goalkeeper Sarah Hoehn has also been hot lately, lowering her goals against average to 1.96.

Stanford enters the matchup relying on solid play from junior goalkeeper Rebecca Shapiro, who went 100 minutes without allowing a goal against SMS, and sophomore forward Amanda Billmeyer, who leads the Cardinal with seven goals.

This will be the Bears first road conference game and they hope that the experience gained from their recent trip to Boston will pay off.

Cal is looking to continue the success it had against Stanford last season. The Bears topped the Card the three times they squared off last season and managed to eliminate Stanford from the NorPac Tournament in their last meeting.

The Bears face Pacific in a nonconference game Sept. 30 before returning home Oct. 9 to face nonconference opponent Cornell University.

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