Cal freshman Elizabeth Pelton broke her own American record in the 200-yard backstroke Sunday at the Georgia Fall Invitational in Athens.

Pelton finished in 1 minute, 48.90 seconds, to surpass her previous U.S. record of 1:49.16 set March 3, 2011. She also broke Natalie Coughlin's Cal mark of 1:49.52, when Coughlin won the event at the NCAA Championships in March 2002.

Cal placed second in the three-day meet with 876 points, behind host Georgia (991).

Caitlin Leverenz won the 200 breaststroke (2:06.43) and tied Cal teammate Rachel Bootsma for first in the 200 butterfly (1:55.69) on Sunday.

Bolstered by wins from Will Hamilton in the 200 butterfly (1:42.75) and Jacob Pebley in the 200 backstroke (1:41.62), the Cal men's team won the Invitational with 856 points, well ahead of Virginia (702).

  • Stanford Olympian Kristian Ipsen (De La Salle High-Concord) swept the 1- and 3-meter springboard events at the Ohio State Invitational in Columbus. The Stanford women's swim team won two races on the final day and was second with 815 points. Florida won with 837. Maddy Schaefer (St. Francis High-Mountain View) took the 100 freestyle in 48.36 seconds, and Schaefer, Maya DiRado, Julia Anderson and Andi Murez won the 400 freestyle relay.

    Horse racing

    Russell Baze scored a hat trick at Golden Gate Fields and tops the jockey standings with 51 wins through 28 days of competition at the fall meet.



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