Cal's Haley Cope Wins Another Swimming Title

Aug. 19, 2001

FRESNO COUNTY, CA - Cal's Haley Cope, the 2000 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year who just completed her collegiate eligibility this past spring for the Bears, added another accolade to her impressive summer.

This past Friday (Aug. 17), Cope, who grew up in Chico, won the 100-meter backstroke at the Phillips 66 National Championships at the Clovis West High School pool (Fresno County). She swam the 100 back in a time of 1:01.89, competing in a pool where a few years ago she competed in her first national championship.

'I am proud of my first national title,' said Cope, who earlier this summer was the world champion in the 50-meter backstroke at the FINA World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan. 'It's nice to win it here in front of my family. I swam my first senior meet ever here and I'm glad that I was able to win my first title here.

'I felt more on my game here (than at the world championships). I was more rested and I've been swimming better here. I was more certain of what I was going to accomplish.'

Cope will next compete for the United States at the Goodwill Games, Aug. 20-Sept. 3 in Brisbane, Australia. Cal junior Staciana Stitts will also be competing for the USA team at the Goodwill Games.

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