Ervin, Coughlin and Cope Perform Well at U.S. Nationals

March 31, 2001

AUSTIN, TX - Members of both the Cal women and men's swim programs have excelled at the U.S. National Meet in Austin, TX.

On Friday, sophomore Olympic gold medallist Anthony Ervin won the 100-meter free with a time of 48.98, while Cal teammate Matt Macedo placed 10th with a time of 50.38.

Thursday, Cal freshman sensation Natalie Coughlin, the 2001 NCAA Swimmer of the Year, won her second U.S. National title to go along with her three NCAA titles won earlier at this year's NCAA meet. Coughlin placed first in the 100-meter back with a time of 1:01.32 and teammate Haley Cope, the 2000 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year, was second with a time of 1:01.98.

On Wednesday, Coughlin had captured the U.S. National title in the 100-meter fly with a mark of 59.38.

Coughlin, Cope and Ervin have now qualified for the World Championship, July 22-29 in Fukuoka, Japan.

'For two Cal swimmers, Natalie (Coughlin) and Haley (Cope), to place first and second at the U.S. National Championship and then be able to represent the United States in Japan at the World Championship is awesome,' said Cal women's coach Teri McKeever. 'It has definitely been an incredible season for Natalie.'

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