Swmming: Cal women cruise to Pac-12 title

Top-ranked Cal breezed to its second consecutive and fourth overall Pac-12 Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship Saturday, winning three more events to pull away from the field on its way to scoring a meet record 1,629.50 points at Federal Way, Washington.

Cierra Runge set meet and school records while winning the 1,650-yard freestyle in 15:40.17, Missy Franklin led a Cal sweep of the 200 backstroke, and freshman Noemie Thomas won her first individual title in the 200 butterfly.

Cal swimmers won 12 swimming events in the four-day meet, breaking the school record of nine set in 2012.

Runge, a freshman who broke the NCAA record in winning the 500 free Thursday and was a member of Cal’s American record-setting 800 free relay Wednesday, was named the Pac-12 Swimmer of the Meet.

In the 1650 free, Runge won the race by 14 seconds and just missed Janet Evans’ 25-year-old conference record of 15:39.14.


Women’s sports: Missy Franklin hasn’t set post-Cal training plans leading to Rio Olympic Games

A couple stories from this morning’s edition you may want to check out:

* Cal sophomore and Olympic swim star Missy Franklin says she hasn’t decided whether she will continue training in Berkeley for the 2016 Rio Olympics after she completes her collegiate career this spring.

* The Bears’ field hockey team stages a small protest that the temporary practice field it was promised by the Cal administration still is not ready with spring workouts under way.


Swimming: 3 Cal coaches named to national team staffs

Cal men’s swim coach David Durden will serve as head coach of the USA men’s swim team at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia, USA Swimming announced.

Cal women’s coach Teri McKeever, a former Olympic team head coach, will be an assistant on the women’s staff for the same meet.

Yuri Suguiyama, an assistant on the Cal men’s team, has been named a men’s assistant at the 2015 World University Games in South Korea.


Swimming: Cal lands 5 on Pan Pacific team

Cal earned five spots on the U.S. team that will compete at the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia later this month.

The U.S. nationals ended Sunday, with are junior Rachel Bootsma, sophomore Missy Franklin, former Cal standout Caitlin Leverenz, junior Elizabeth Pelton and incoming freshman Cierra Runge chosen to the U.S. squad. Cal coach Teri McKeever will serve as the head coach of the women’s team for the trip.

Franklin was named the women’s high-point award winner. She captured three events – the 100- and 200-meter backstroke and the 100-meter freestyle and was runner-up in the 200 free.


Swimming: Franklin is World Sportswoman of Year

Cal freshman swimmer Missy Franklin added another honor to her resume when she was named the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year during a ceremony Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Franklin earned the award after her record-setting performance at the 2013 World Championships, where she won six gold medals – most ever for a woman at the event.

“Oh my gosh,” exclaimed Franklin, the youngest-ever winner of the women’s award and the first swimmer so honored. “I don’t know what I’m doing here.”

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Swimming: Missy Franklin sets records

Cal freshman and Olympic star Missy Franklin won the 200-yard freestyle at the NCAA women’s swimming championships at Minneapolis, breaking NCAA, American and U.S. records.

Franklin touched in 1 minute, 40.31 seconds.

Later, Franklin and her 800 free relay teammates prevailed in 6:54.94.

The Cal women are in third place after two days of competition.


Swimming: Missy Franklin reaps honor

Cal freshman Missy Franklin was named National Swimmer of the Week by collegeswimming.com after leading the Bears to the Pac-12 Conference championship last weekend in Seattle.

Franklin set meet records while winning all three of her individual events — the 100-yard free (47.17 seconds), 200 free (1:42.29) and 500 free (4:35.73) — and helped Cal to wins in the 400 and 800 free relay and 400 medley relay and a runnerup finish in the 200 medley relay.

This is the second time this season Franklin has been given the weekly honor as the nation’s top collegiate swimmer.

Franklin and her Cal teammates will next be in action at the NCAA Championships March 20-22 in Minneapolis.

Swimming: Franklin up for sportswoman of year

Cal swimmer Missy Franklin, who won a record six gold medals at last summer’s world championships, is among six nominees for the 15th annual Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year.

The freshman from Centennial, Colo., who won four gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics, joins a list of high-profile female athletes nominated for the award.

Also up for Laureus honors are German soccer star Nadine Angerer, the FIFA Women’s Player of the Year; Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, winner of three sprint gold medals at the world track and field championships; Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, winner of the world title; Slovenia skier Tina Maze, the overall World Cup champion; American tennis star Serena Williams, winner of the French Open and U.S. Open titles.

It’s the second straight year Franklin was nominated.

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Swimming: Missy Franklin, Cal’s top-ranked women’s team compete in Berkeley

With the Super Bowl a week away, the Cal basketball team on the road and football signing day 2 1/2 weeks out, how about a dose of Olympic superstar to fill out your sports weekend?

Cal’s top-rated women’s swim team, featuring London Olympics hero and freshman Missy Franklin, are competing in Berkeley for the only time this season, with meets Friday and Saturday at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

The Bears face Arizona State on Friday, then take on Arizona on Saturday. Diving will start at 11 a.m. both days, the 1,000-yard freestyle goes off at 11:25 a.m., and the remainder of the schedule begins at noon each day.

Admission is free.

And, if you can’t get to Berkeley, both meets will be shown on the Pac-12 Networks, with former Cal star Natalie Coughlin providing commentary.

Friday’s meet will be aired live on the Pac-12 Networks beginning at noon (with a 10 p.m. replay). Saturday’s meet will be shown on tape-delay at 8:30 p.m.

Friday is the Pac-12 opener for the Bears and the conference debut for Franklin, who won four Olympic gold medals at the 2012 London Games at the age of 17.