No. 6 Cal Women's Swimming Hosts No. 8 USC and No. 2 UCLA at Spieker
Jan. 22, 2001
BERKELEY, CA - Fri., Jan. 26 USC, Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, CA 2 p.m.Sat., Jan. 27 UCLA, Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, CA 12 p.m.
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 76-34 (.691) dual meet record with the Golden Bears and a 130-56 (.700) 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: The No. 6 ranked Cal women's swim team (4-2, 1-1 Pac-10) split dual meets in Arizona last weekend, falling to No. 3 ranked Arizona, 146-97, and defeating No. 17 ranked Arizona State, 145-128.
Against the Wildcats, the Bears were led by freshman standout Natalie Coughlin, who won three individual events, capturing the 200 back (1:58.18 NCAA automatic), 200 free (1:47.69) and 200 fly (1:58.18). Cal's other individual victor was senior Haley Cope in the 50 free (23.73), edging out teammate Adrienne Mattos (23.75). Against ASU, Coughlin again won three individual events - more than the total by ASU swimmers combined. Coughlin won the 200 fly (1:58.67), 500 free (4:56.45) and 100 fly (52.88). Cope was also a multiple winner, capturing the 100 (55.86) and the 200 back (2:01.67). Other individual winners for Cal versus ASU were freshman Natalie Griffith in the 200 free (1:52.34), senior Rita Mariani in the 100 breast (1:05.01), sophomore Michelle Harper in the 50 free (23.57), freshman Danielle Becks in the 100 free (52.04) and freshman Kyoko Yokouchi in the 400 IM (4:22.80). The Bears also placed first in the 400 medley relay (3:46.61 Coughlin, Mariani, Cope, Becks) and the 200 free relay (swam as exhibition 1:34.42 junior Mattos, Harper, Cope, freshman Katherine Mitchell).
Coughlin captured a total of five individual titles Dec. 1-3 at the Texas Invite. She won the 200 fly (1:55.93 meet record, NCAA automatic), the 200 free (1:45.65, NCAA automatic, school), and 100 back (52.79 NCAA automatic, Texas Invitational record). Coughlin's time of 1:45.65 in the 200 free broke the Cal school record of 1:45.83 swam by Sarah Anderson in 1991. Coughlin also won 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. At this point of the season, Coughlin has the nation's top times in the 200 free (1:45.65 NCAA automatic), 100 back (52.79 NCAA automatic), 100 fly (52.40 NCAA automatic), 200 fly (1:55.93 NCAA automatic) and second-best time in the 200 IM (1:58.35 NCAA automatic). Cope has the nation's third-best time in the 50 free (22.88) and fourth-best time in the 100 back (54.74 NCAA automatic), while Henriques has the third-best time in the 200 back (1:58.59).
NOTING USC AND UCLA: Cal has a 10-11 all-time record against No. 8 USC (3-1), defeating the Trojans in the last meeting, 154-147, Jan. 28, 2000 in Los Angeles. USC is led by sophomore Michala Kwasny, who won three events (200 free, 200 breast and 200 IM) in the Trojans Jan. 20 234-52 victory over UC Irvine, and has some of the nation's top times in the 200 fly (1:58.53) and 200 IM (2:00.84). The Bears have a 9-10 all-time record against No. 2 UCLA (6-0), defeating the Bruins in the last meeting, 152-147, Jan. 29, 2000 in Los Angeles. UCLA is led by senior Beth Goodwin, who has the nation's third-best time in both the 100 fly (53.43) and 200 fly (1:58.14).