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Sports - March 23, 2012

Sports Shorts

MAKING A SPLASH . . . Palo Alto High grad Liv Jensen, a senior on the University of California women's swim team, helped the Bears defend their title at the NCAA Championships last week with a stunning victory in the 50-yard free. Jensen raced to victory in 21.48, the 14th-fastest time ever, to have .02 seconds from her fourth-ranked lifetime best of 21.50 from last year's NCAA meet. Jensen became just the fourth swimmer ever under 21.5 while upending defending champ Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace of Auburn, which hosted the championships. The victory returned the title to Jensen, who won it in 2010 before losing to Vanderpool-Wallace in 2011. Jensen is one of only two Cal swimmers ever to win the race and the only to win it twice. The victory also moved the Bears into the lead, one they held through Saturday's final day. The Bears finished with 412 1/2 points as fellow Paly grad Colleen Fotsch help provide points on the relays, as did Jensen. Stanford finished fourth, despite setting five school records during the three-day meet. The best mark came last as seniors Sam Woodward and Betsy Webb completed their Stanford careers as NCAA champions. Woodward and Webb joined Andi Murez and Maddy Schaefer to win in the 400 free relay in an American (and school) record 3:10.77 in the final race of the national championships.

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