A Golden Bear sweep of the top three places in the women's 100-meter backstroke was among the highlights for local swimmers at the U.S. national championships in Irvine, which concluded on Aug. 10.

Missy Franklin won the event in 59.38 seconds, followed by Rachel Bootsma (1:00.71) and Elizabeth Pelton (1:00.76). All three swimmers earned spots on the U.S. team that will compete at the Pac Pacific Championships later this month, in addition to alumna Caitlin Leverenz and incoming freshman Cierra Runge.

Among the men who were named to the U.S. team for the Pac Pacific Championships were Cal alumni Anthony Ervin (who won the 50 freestyle in 21.55), Tom Shields (who won the 100 butterfly in 51.29 and the 200 butterfly in 1:55.09), juniors Josh Prenot and Jacob Pebley, and sophomore Ryan Murphy.

Franklin won the women's high point award, as she also won the 100 freestyle (53.43) and 200 backstroke (2:08.38) and placed second in the 200 freestyle (1:56.40). It was her fourth straight national title in the 200 backstroke, and her time in the 100 freestyle equaled her own meet record.

Bootsma won the 50 backstroke in 28.35. It was her second straight national title in the event.

Football

UCLA freshman Adarius Pickett entered training camp as a cornerback but was switched to running back on Aug. 9. Pickett was the 2013 Bay Area News Group East Bay Football Player of the Year as a senior at El Cerrito High, where he was a standout at cornerback, running back and special teams.


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"The way the depth is at defensive back, I don't know if he would get in the rotation, " coach Jim Mora told the Los Angeles Times. "Running back is a spot where we're looking for some depth. ... He seemed like the perfect guy."

Basketball

Bishop O'Dowd High star Ivan Rabb saw his first action for the USA U17 team in a 99-56 victory over Angola at the FIBA U17 World Championship in Dubai. Rabb, who injured his left ankle during the team's training camp in Colorado Springs, scored four points and grabbed four rebounds in eight minutes of action.

"I think they tried to get me to do everything I could and they were very positive with me," said Rabb to usab.com.

On Aug. 11, Rabb scored eight points, was a perfect 3 for 3 from the field and grabbed three rebounds in nine minutes of action during a 124-64 win over the Philippines. Results of the United States' round-of- 16 game on Aug. 12 were unavailable at press time.

Golf

Alameda High graduate Grace Na advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y. before falling to Hannah O'Sullivan 5 and 4 in match play on Aug. 8. Na, who was a two-time Golfweek first-team All-American while competing for Pepperdine, started the competition with a 3 & 2 victory over Karah Sanford on Aug. 6, then defeated Simin Feng 2 & 1 and Lauren Kim 2 up on Aug. 7 to reach the quarterfinals.

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