Pac 10 Championships (Women): Day One

LONG BEACH, California, February 27. THE University of Arizona 200-yard medley team set meet and conference records, one of two meet records set on the first night of the Pacific-10 Conference women's swimming championships at Belmont Plaza Olympic Plaza on Wednesday.

The Wildcats' foursome of Hailey DeGolia, Annie Chandler, Lara Jackson and Anna Turner won in a time of 1 minute, 36.57 seconds, defeating Stanford (1:37.57) and California (1:38.70).

Arizona Coach Frank Busch said the record time was a pleasant surprise to start the four-day event.

"Sometimes things happen when you least expect it and I didn't expect them to swim quite that fast, but they did a great job," said Busch, who won his seventh Pac-10 Coach of the Year award this season. "I don't think any of our legs were really, really sharp, but they were all good. At this meet, that's kind of what you hope for.

"I feel like we're swimming well and in a good spot."

Cal's team of Dana Vollmer, Lauren Boyle, Madison Kennedy and Emily Silver won 800-yard free in a time of 7:04.13, breaking a meet record set last year by the Golden Bears.

"As a program, we've taken great pride in having a good 800," Cal Coach Teri McKeever said. "It's always a matter of pride to keep that streak [of wins in the 800] alive.

Stanford finished second (7:05.70), with Washington a surprising third (7:06.92)

The victory propelled the Bears to an early lead in the team rankings with 118 points, two points ahead of defending champion Arizona and six ahead of the rival Cardinal.

"Tonight sets the tone for all of us," McKeever said. "If you can get some good relays and your team can see a couple good performances, it gets the whole group excited."

Special thanks to the Pac 10 for contributing this report.