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Cal U swimmer wins Division II crown

| Thursday, March 10, 2011

California University junior Melissa Gates made history Wednesday in San Antonio, Texas.

Gates became the school's first individual NCAA Division II swimming champion by winning the 50 freestyle at the Palo Alto Natatorium.

After placing first in the morning preliminaries with a school-record time of 23.02 seconds. Gates bettered her standard with a time of 22.72 seconds in the finals.

Besides breaking her own record, Gates erased the PSAC mark of 22.87 seconds set by West Chester's Jackie Borkowski at last year's NCAA championships.

Gates repeated as an All-American in the 50 freestyle, giving her four career All-America finishes.

California's 200 medley relay team of Gates, sophomore Kasey Travitz and freshmen Jess Machmer and Clarissa Enslin weren't as fortunate yesterday. They were dis-qualified during he preliminaries because of an early take-off.

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