No. 6 Cal Women's Swimming Upends No. 2 UCLA, 161-139
Jan. 27, 2001
BERKELEY, CA - The No. 6 ranked California women's swim team (6-2, 3-1 in Pac-10) upended No. 2 ranked UCLA (6-2), 161-139, in a dual meet Saturday afternoon at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
The Bears were again led by freshman Natalie Coughlin, who won three individual events and established three Spieker Aquatics Complex records. Coughlin captured the 200 free with a time of 1:46.93, breaking the former Cal pool record of 1:47.89 set by Cal's Conny van Bentum in 1985. She also won the 200 back with a time of 1:57.02, topping the former record of 1:58.07 set by the Bears Anna Simcic in 1995. Coughlin's third record was in the 100 fly where she tied the record time of 52.68 set by Stanford's Misty Hyman in 1999. All three marks were NCAA automatic qualifying times and in four Pac-10 dual meets this season, Coughlin has won an impressive 12 races.
Other individual winners for Cal were senior Haley Cope in the 100 back (55.36), senior Rita Mariani in the 200 breast (2:17.03), sophomore Staciana Stitts in the 100 breast (1:03.71), freshman Kristen Sissener in the 1,000 free (10:15.62) and freshman Kyoko Yokouchi in the 400 IM (4:19.46). The Bears also won both relays, placing first in the 200 medley relay (1:43.00 sophomore Andi Finlay, Stitts, Coughlin, sophomore Michelle Harper) and the 200 free relay (1:33.65 Harper, freshman Danielle Becks, junior Adrienne Mattos, Cope).
UCLA was led by freshman Sara Platzer, who won the 50 free with a Spieker Aquatics Complex record time of 23.17 (topping the old record of 23.25 set by Sandy Nelson of the USA National Team in 1987) and the 100 free (50.41). Sophomore diver Heidi Prosser placed first in both the one (252.6) and three-meter (284.48) diving competition.
Cal will next host Bay Area rival Stanford, Saturday, Feb. 10 at 12 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
100 Breaststroke 1. Staciana Stitts Cal 1:03.71 2. Rita Mariana Cal 1:04.40 3. Lyndee Hovsepian UCLA 1:04.76 4. Jen Noddle UCLA 1:05.27 5. Cathy Coler UCLA 1:05.38