No. 4 Cal Women's Swimming Hosts No. 3 Stanford

Feb. 5, 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 78-34 (.696) dual meet record with the Golden Bears and a 132-56 (.702) 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. 4 ranked Cal women's swim team (6-2, 3-1 Pac-10) swept a pair of dual meets, Jan. 26 and 27 at Spieker Aquatics Complex, defeating then No. 8 USC, 153-143, and then No. 2 ranked UCLA, 161-139.

In the win over No. 2 UCLA, Cal was 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 12 races (every individual event she has entered). Other individual winners 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 placed 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).

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), 100 back (52.79), 100 fly (52.40), 200 fly (1:55.93) and second-best times in the 200 IM (1:58.35) and 200 back (1:56.33). 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 junior Alice Henriques has the fifth-best time in the 200 back (1:58.59).

NOTING STANFORD: Cal has a 2-25 all-time record against No. 3 Stanford (5-1, 3-1), falling to the Cardinal in the last meeting, 153-146, Feb. 12, 2000 at Stanford. The Cardinal are led by senior Misty Hyman, junior Jessica Foschi and freshman Tara Kirk. Hyman, the 2000 Olympic gold medallist in the 200-meter fly, currently has the nation's second-best times in the 100 (52.99) and 200 fly (1:56.25) behind Cal's Natalie Coughlin. Hyman also has the nation's third-best times in the 200 back (1:58.01) and 400 IM (4:13.29), and fourth-best time in the 100 back (54.74 tied with Cal's Haley Cope). Foschi has the nation's top time in the 500 free (4:42.53), while Kirk has the nation's top time in the 100 breast (1:00.45) and second-best time in the 200 breast (2:11.70).

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