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. Jackie Nared scored 22 points and teammate Jasmine Smith (Pinole Valley High) added 21 as Saint Mary's (22-10) posted a 71-63 victory over UNLV (22-10) in a first-round WNIT game at McKeon Pavilion. The Gaels advance to face Oregon State (19-12) on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Corvallis. Saint Mary's, which had been 0-2 against the Runnin' Rebels, entered the WNIT with an RPI of 51. Running back Amir Carlisle, who transferred from USC to Notre Dame in January, will be eligible to play for the Fighting Irish in 2012. The NCAA approved Carlisle's waiver request, and he won't have to sit out the upcoming season. Carlisle, from Kings Academy-Sunnyvale, played in eight games as a freshman for USC last season while battling injuries. He carried 19 times for 118 yards. Carlisle's father made it clear a change in employers -- Duane Carlisle was with the 49ers before becoming director of sports performance at nearby Purdue last March -- was the overriding factor behind his son's transfer. "It was our intention to stay (in California), but circumstances changed," Duane Carlisle said, referring to his new job. "We're a close-knit family. This was a family decision. It wasn't just an Amir decision." Fred Guidici, the former head coach at Menlo College, and Brian Lindgren, formerly the offensive coordinator at Northern Arizona, joined Mike MacIntyre's staff at San Jose State. Guidici will be special teams coordinator and running backs coach. Lindgren will be offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Guidici was a 1991 SJSU graduate who also was on the staffs at Santa Clara (1990-92) and Stanford (1993-94). Guidici spent the 1995 season with the Raiders as defensive quality control coach. He also spent 1996-1999 with the AFL SaberCats. Stanford's Nick Amuchastegui and Ryan Mango both recorded two major decision at the NCAA wrestling championships in St. Louis. Mango, at 125 pounds, scored a 10-8 decision over West Virginia's Shane Young and a 15-6 win over Northwestern's Levi Mele. Amuchastegui, at 174, recorded a pin in 2:01 over Navy's Peter Huntley and beat Nebraska's Tyler Koehn 8-0. He is now 22-0 overall. Also, Northwestern's Jason Welch (Las Lomas High) decisioned Oklahoma's Matt Lester 4-1 at 157 pounds, then beat Purdue's Tommy Churchard 10-4.
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.