Freshman Natalie Coughlin Shines for Cal Women's Swimming

Dec. 2, 2000

AUSTIN, TX - The University of California women's swim team is in sixth place (279 points) after the second day of the three-day Texas Invitational.

But the Bears continue to be led by freshman standout Natalie Coughlin, who won two more individual titles, winning the 200 free with an NCAA automatic mark and school record time of 1:45.65, and capturing the 100 back with an NCAA automatic mark and Texas Invitational record time of 52.79. Coughlin's time of 1:45.65 in the 200 free topped the former Cal school record of 1:45.83 swam by Sarah Anderson in 1991. Coughlin's time of 52.79 in the 100 back bettered the meet record time of 53.80 set by Arizona's Beth Botsford in 1999. Coughlin actually defeated Botsford (53.30) in this year's Texas Invite.

Coughlin has now won four events at the Texas Invite, as she placed first in the 100 fly (52.40) and the 200 IM (1:58.35) on Friday. Coughlin's time of 52.40 in the 100 fly equaled the Cal school record set by Marylyn Chiang in 1999.

Other top swims for the Bears during the second day of the Texas Invite were senior Haley Cope placing third (55.31) behind Coughlin and Botsford in the 100 back, and Cal's 800 free relay placing seventh (7:27.36 Cope, Coughlin, freshman Danielle Becks, freshman Kristen Sissener).

Besides Coughlin's two victories Friday, other first day highlights included Cope placing second in the 50 free (22.88) and the Bears 200 free relay (sophomore Michelle Harper, Cope, junior Adrienne Mattos, Coughlin) placing second with a time of 1:33.09. Cal also had a fourth place finish in the 400 medley relay (3:44.46 Cope, senior Rita Mariani, Coughlin, Harper).

Complete results of the Texas Invitational can be found on

Women's Scoring After Day Two

1 STANFORD 370.5 2 TEXAS 354.5 3 UCLA 349.5 4 ARIZONA 344.5 5 WISCONSIN 280.5 6 CAL 279 7 MICHIGAN 217 8 SMU 211 9 RICE 102 10 ARIZONA STATE 99.5 11 MINNESOTA 87 12 TCU 57 13 NEBRASKA 34 14 HARVARD 2

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