Caitlin Leverenz set American and meet records in the 200-yard individual medley to help defending champion Cal take the first-day lead Thursday at the NCAA women's swimming and diving championships in Auburn, Ala.
Leverenz had a time of 1 minute, 51.77 seconds to top the mark (1:52.31) held by Stanford's Julia Smith and edge Katinka Hosszu of USC. Hosszu also was under the record at 1:51.80. She had won the head-to-head matchup in the Pac-12 championships, and they'll have another duel in Friday's 400 I.M.
"Caitlin and Katinka have been dueling it out for more than a few years," said Cal and U.S. Olympic coach Teri McKeever.
Cal teammate Liv Jensen (Palo Alto High) kept that momentum going in the next event by winning the 50 freestyle for the second time in three years.
Seeking their third title in four years, the Bears built a 132-118 lead over the Cardinal and Trojans.
Cal's Cindy Tran, Leverenz, Sara Isakovic and Katherine Raatz closed by setting the NCAA and U.S. Open record in the 400 medley relay for the second time on the day, at 3:28.10.
The Bears' Kaylin Bing, Jensen, Colleen Fotsch (Palo Alto High) and Raatz also placed second in the 200 freestyle relay, and Shelley Harper (Las Lomas High) was seventh and Catherine Breed (Amador Valley High) 11th in the 500 freestyle.
Stanford's Sam Woodward, Maddy Schaefer (St. Francis High-Mountain View), Andi Murez and Betsy Webb won the 200 freestyle relay in a school-record 1:26.88. Also, Maya DiRado placed third in the 200 IM, and Webb was fourth in the 50 free.
Intriguing Vision won her fourth straight race at Golden Gate Fields, and the 4-year-old filly was claimed for the third consecutive race. Intriguing Vision began her streak Dec. 30 in a $10,000 claiming race for trainer Andy Mathis. Mathis entered Intriguing Vision in a $16,000 claiming race Jan. 29, and she won while being claimed by trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. Hollendorfer put Intriguing Vision in a $20,000 claiming race Feb. 16, and she scored by a length. Trainer William E. Morey claimed Intriguing Vision, then entered the filly in Thursday's $10,000 claiming race. Intriguing Vision won by five lengths and was claimed by Hollendorfer. Aaron Gryder rode all four of the filly's wins. ... Russell Baze rode four winners -- the second race with For Sure for Sure, fifth with Apply, sixth with Excelling and seventh with Vulcan.