Natalie Coughlin Wins Five Titles at Texas Invitational
Dec. 3, 2000
AUSTIN, TX - The University of California women's swim team, behind a phenomenal performance by freshman standout Natalie Coughlin, finished in sixth place (367 points) at the 2000 Texas Invitational.
Coughlin captured a total of five individual titles at the Texas Invite. On Sunday, she won the 200 fly with a meet record and NCAA automatic time of 1:55.93. On Saturday, Coughlin won the 200 free with an NCAA automatic mark and school record time of 1:45.65, and captured 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.
On Friday, Coughlin placed first in the 100 fly (52.40) and the 200 IM (1:58.35). Coughlin's time of 52.40 in the 100 fly equaled the Cal school record set by Marylyn Chiang in 1999.
Other highlights for the Bears on Sunday were junior captain Alice Henriques finishing second in the 200 back (1:58.54) and Cal's 400 free relay placing third (3:22.73 Coughlin, freshman Danielle Becks, senior Haley Cope, sophomore Michelle Harper).
Top swims for the Bears during the second day of the Texas Invite were 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, Becks, freshman Kristen Sissener).
Besides Coughlin's two victories Friday, other first day highlights for the Bears included Cope placing second in the 50 free (22.88) and Cal's 200 free relay (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 www.TexasSports.com.
Final Women's Scoring
Women's Team Scores 1 UCLA 553.5 2 STANFORD 529.5 3 TEXAS 501.5 4 ARIZONA 495.5 5 WISCONSIN 398.5 6 CAL 367 7 MICHIGAN 362 8 SMU 290 9 RICE 152 10 MINNESOTA 130 11 ARIZONA STATE 128.5 12 TCU 71 13 NEBRASKA 47 14 HARVARD 2