The Cal Golden Bear women won their first official dual meet of the season, topping Pac-12 foe Oregon State with their stars winning some unique events. The final score was 156-97 in favor of Cal.
We didn’t need another reminder that Missy Franklin is tough as nails, but we got one anyway when the sophomore swam back-to-back races early in the meet. Franklin, now appearing fully healthy after back spasms limited her this summer, was the runaway winner in the 200 free, going 1:48.24. That’s the event in which Franklin broke the American record last year.
She came back to take second in the next event, the 100 back, by just a tenth. Franklin was 55.78, but the win went to Hawaiian freshman Jasmine Mau, who went 55.67 to take the event.
Oregon State fought hard, though they were overmatched by last year’s #3 team in the nation. Beaver junior Sammy Harrison was the only double winner of the meet, hitting Cal’s soft spot and sweeping the 1000 and 500 free. Harrison was 9:50.25 to beat Cal freshman Sierra Runge (9:53.91) in the 1000, then 4:51.25 to win the 500 free.
But other than that, it was all Cal in this one. Usual backstrokers Rachel Bootsma and Elizabeth Pelton went 1-2 in the 200 fly with times of 2:01.14 and 2:03.53. That left the 200 back open for senior Melanie Klaren to go 1:58.54 and keep up the Bears’ tradition of excellence in the stroke.
Marina Garcia, in her second season out of Spain, won the 100 breast in 1:03.05, just ahead of freshman Maija Roses. Roses jumped atop the 200 breast, though, going 2:20.39. Freshman Noemie Thomas continued to impress in the butterfly, going 54.05 to win the 100-yard event. Thomas, a Canadian, was about a half-second off her season-best, which sits 6th in the NCAA.
Kaylin Bing (23.21) and Farida Osman (51.23) manned their usual sprint free events, helping the Bears sweep. Celina Li was the other Cal winner, going 4:19.67 in the 400 IM.
As has become tradition lately, Cal heavily split its relays. Bing was the top performer in the free relay, putting up the team’s only 22-second leg with a 22.97 on the end of the winning 200 free relay. In the medley, Missy Franklin‘s 25.7 backstroke split was probably most notable, though her team wound up 3rd overall. Osman split 23.58 on the butterfly to propel her team to the win.