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Bears capture early lead at NCAAs

Updated: March 16, 2012, 4:16 AM ET
Associated Press

AUBURN, Ala. -- California's Caitlin Leverenz set an American and NCAA record in the 200-yard individual medley to help the defending champion Golden Bears take a first-round lead at the NCAA swimming and diving championships.

Leverenz posted a time of 1:51.77 to top the 2-year-old mark (1:52.31) held by Julia Smith of Stanford and edge Southern California's Katinka Hosszu on Thursday night, and closed by helping the 400 medley relay team set another record.

"She's an incredible athlete ...

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