Bilquist and No 3 California Women Rebound Beat No 19 UCLA

By Sarah Lloyd, Swimming World College Intern

After a surprising and jarring loss to No. 7 USC on Friday, the No. 3 California women bounced back on Saturday to beat No. 19 UCLA. Again, freshman Amy Bilquist played a major roll in the success of the Golden Bears with her multiple event wins on Saturday.

The meet began with California win the 200 medley relay. A team of Rachel Bootsma, Kathleen Baker, Noemie Thomas, and Amy Bilquist touched with a 1:40.29, a second and a half ahead of the UCLA team of Linnea Mack, Emma Schanz, Katie Kinnear, and Madison White (1:41.74). California senior Kelly Naze then dominated the 1000 free, posting the only sub-10:00 swim of the field (9:56.58). UCLA freshman Sandra Soe was second (10:11.42), just ahead of her junior teammate Michaela Merlihan (10.11.63). Senior Rachael Acker won the 200 free (1:49.02) to add to the Golden Bears’ momentum and was followed by two Bruin sophomores, Katie Grover (1:50.88) and Carly Reid (1:51.63).

Bilquist then downed the pool record in the 100 back with a 52.75, about a half second under the 53.35  by Stanford’s Felicia Lee. She was followed by UCLA’s juniors Mack (53.87) and White (54.00), who both logged NCAA B cuts. California’s junior Marina Garica Urzainqui continued the Golden Bears’ win streak with her victory in the 100 breast (1:03.95). She was trailed by UCLA’s freshman Schanz (1:04.00) and junior Bridget Winkler (1:04.31).

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