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Manuel touches out Neal, Cal backstrokers roll on closing day of 2015 Speedo Grand Challenge

Stanford teammates Simone Manuel (left) and Lia Neal (right) showed down in the 100 free while Cal teammates Ryan Murphy and Rachel Bootsma dominated the 100 back on the final day of the Speedo Grand Challenge in Irvine.

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Manuel, Nolan, Pereira, Morozov among huge names at NOVA Grand Challenge

The Irvine Novaquatics Speedo Grand Challenge meet will kick off in Irvine, California on Friday, with some national and international stars on the psych sheets.

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PHOTO VAULT: Night 3 of the 2015 Women’s NCAA Championships

Saturday night’s action included Simone Manuel’s American record in the 100 free, plus repeat wins from Virginia’s Leah Smith, Cal’s Missy Franklin and Louisville’s Kelsi Worrell as well as a 200 breast that saw Minnesota’s Kierra Smith upset reigning American record-holder Emma Reaney for the title.

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Congratulations To The Cal Golden Bears, 2015 NCAA Champions!

The University of California Golden Bears have won their first NCAA Championship title since 2012, taking down both Georgia and Stanford to win with 513 points.

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Rachel Bootsma Video Interview: I’m loving the sport more than ever

Video Produced by Coleman Hodges Reported by Tony Carroll.  100 BACKSTROKE – FINALS NCAA – 49.97 – Natalie Coughlin, California –…

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Cal Head Coach Teri McKeever on Bears’ Day 2 (Video Interview)

Video Produced by Coleman Hodges.  Reported by Jared Anderson.   As a whole, the Pac-12 won 9 of 13 finals…

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Day 2 Women’s NCAAs – Pac-12 Roundup: Bootsma’s Back!

Rachel Bootsma came up with three huge swims, overcoming a disappointing sophomore year with a stellar junior one.

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Women’s NCAA Championships Day 2 Ups/Downs: Cal’s 12 scorers lead over 30 teams set to earn points

Note: we’ll be breaking down each day’s prelims sessions based on how many swimmers each team has “up” and “down.”…

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Day 1 Pac-12 Roundup: Manuel speeds into American history twice

Stanford’s Simone Manuel became the second-fastest 50 freestyler in American history, then topped her own feat by blasting the fastest 100 free split of all-time.

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8 records most likely to fall at the 2015 Women’s NCAA Championships

Cal’s Rachel Bootsma (left), Missy Franklin (center) and Liz Pelton (right) are each on the hunt for one or more major records. Who else could be smashing history this week?

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2015 W. NCAA Picks: Bluegrass Battle in the 200 Fly

Three of our top 8 picks in the women’s 200 fly hail from the state of Kentucky, as Christina Bechtel of the Kentucky Wildcats will face Cardinal teammates Tanja Kylliainen and Kelsi Worrell from Louisville.

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2015 W. NCAA Picks: Bartholomew and junior crew chasing Coughlin’s 49.97 in 100 back

Courtney Bartholomew nearly broke the American record in the 100 back mid-season. Can she fight off a resurgent Rachel Bootsma among others for a national title?

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Liz Pelton to Get First Chance at NCAA Title in 100 Back in 2015

Cal junior Liz Pelton will have a new day 2 individual event at the 2015 NCAA Championship meet, and it’s an event that she is expected to fare well in.

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2015 Women’s Pac-12 Swimming & Diving Championships: Missy Tops Simone in 200

Cal’s Missy Franklin beat out Simone Manuel of Stanford in the marquee matchup of the meet so far.

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