No. 6 Cal Women's Swimming Travels to UCI/Daktronics Invitational
Jan. 4, 2001
BERKELEY, CA - HEAD COACH TERI MCKEEVER: Teri McKeever, the 1999 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, is in her ninth season as Cal's head women's swim coach. McKeever has a 75-33 (.694) dual meet record with the Golden Bears and a 129-55 (.701) overall record (five years as women's coach at Fresno State). Most recently, she has led Cal to a ninth place NCAA finish in 1997, a eighth place finish in 1998, a fifth place finish in 1999 and a fourth place finish in 2000.
BEAR NOTES: In the No. 6 ranked Cal women's swim team's last competition, the Bears received a phenomenal performance from freshman standout Natalie Coughlin and finished in sixth place (367 points) Dec. 1-3 at the 2000 Texas Invitational in Austin, TX. Coughlin captured a total of five individual titles at the Texas Invite. On Dec. 3, she won the 200 fly with a meet record and NCAA automatic time of 1:55.93. On Dec. 2, 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 Dec. 1, Coughlin had 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 Dec. 3 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. 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 (1:33.09).
At this point of the season, Coughlin has the nation's top collegiate times in the 200 free (1:45.65), 100 back (52.79), 100 fly (52.40), 200 fly (1:55.93) and 200 IM (1:58.35).
CAL RECRUITS: The Bear women signed three athletes to national letters of intent for the 2001-02 season, Leah Monroe from Concord, CA, Amy Ng from San Ramon, CA and Christine Galbavy from Pensacola, FL. Monroe attends Clayton Valley High School and is a former member of the National Junior Team. She has bests of 1:03.00 in the 100 breast, 2:17.00 in the 200 breast and 4:20.00 in the 400 IM. Ng attends California High School and has bests of 1:04.00 in the 100 breast, 2:01.00 in the 200 IM, 4:21.00 in the 400 IM, 57.00 in the 100 back and 2:01.00 in the 200 back. Galbavy is a butterflyer/IMer from Washington High School in Pensacola, FL and was an Olympic Trials qualifier last summer.
NOTING THE UC IRVINE/DAKTRONICS INVITATIONAL: Cal will be competing against swimmers from 11 other schools at the UC Irvine/Daktronics Invite, Fresno State, San Diego State, Pepperdine, Cal Poly, UNLV, Cleveland State, CS Northridge, CS Bakersfield, Northern Iowa, Willamette and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.