Dec. 4, 2010

Courtesy of California (Pa.) Athletics

GROVE CITY, Pa. – California University of Pennsylvania captured a first place at the Grove City Winter Invitational on Saturday after winning a combined 15 events (11 individual) and setting six invitational records at the two-day, six-team event.

The Vulcans posted 883.5 points to earn their second first-place finish of the season. Washington & Jefferson placed second with 716 points, followed by Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC)-members Lock Haven (610.5) and East Stroudsburg (563).

Junior Melissa Gates continued her torrid start to the season by winning a combined seven events (three individual), setting a combined six invitational records (two individual), breaking her own school record and posting another NCAA Championship automatic-qualifying time. The three-time All-American won the 50 freestyle with a pool-record and automatically NCAA-qualifying time of 23.26 seconds, which broke her own invitational record by more than two-tenths of a second. In the 200 freestyle, Gates again set an invitational record and reached a NCAA ‘B’ qualifying time by touching the wall in 1:53.96. She posted another victory in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:26.61.

The 400 freestyle relay of freshmen Clarissa Enslin, Jess Machmer, Stephanie Bolt and Gates set a pool and invitational record with a time of 3:30.70.

As an individual, Enslin posted a pair of victories and NCAA ‘B’ qualifying times. The freshman from South Africa won the 200 IM with a time of 2:11.01 and also posted a win in the 100 freestyle after touching the wall in 51.60 seconds.

The 800 freestyle relay of Bolt, sophomore Georgia Emert, Enslin and Gates broke the pool and invitational records with a time of 7:42.78, winning the event by more than 30 seconds.

Emert claimed a pair of individual victories and reached NCAA ‘B’ qualifying marks in the 500 freestyle (5:07.29) and 200 backstroke (2:08.72). Freshman Kate Mellon also reached a NCAA provisional time after winning the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 17:57.48 and she won the 400 IM after touching the wall in 4:45.20.

Cal U won and set invitational records the 200 freestyle and 200 medley relays. In the 200 freestyle, Enslin, freshman Kelsey Nuhfer, Bolt and Gates posted a time of 1:36.24, while the 200 medley of sophomore Kasey Travitz, Gates, Machmer and Enslin touched the wall in 1:47.39. Sophomore Bruna Carvalho also earned victories in the 100 and 200 butterfly .