Cal Women's Swimming Narrowly Falls to Three-time Defending NCAA Champ Georgia, 152.5-150.5.
Oct. 25, 2001
Berkeley, CA - The California women's swim team (3-1) narrowly lost to three-time defending national champion Georgia (2-2), 152.5-150.5, in a dual meet Thursday afternoon at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Bears won eight of the meet's 16 events and were led by sophomore Natalie Coughlin, who won three individual events, junior Staciana Stitts, who won both the 100 and 200 breast, senior Alice Henriques, winner of the 200 back and junior diver Christine Flynn, who won the three-meter competition.
Cal also captured the 200 medley relay (1:42.94, Henriques, Stitts, Coughlin, sophomore Danielle Becks).
Coughlin, the 2001 NCAA Swimmer of the Year, placed first in the 100 back (54.61 NCAA automatic), 100 free (49.44 NCAA automatic) and 100 fly (53.19 NCAA automatic). Stitts had NCAA automatic qualifying times in the 100 (1:01.58) and 200 breast (2:13.73). Henriques qualified for the NCAAs with a time of 1:58.58 in the 200 back. Flynn helped Cal's cause by placing first in the three-meter competition with 258.3 points.
Georgia was paced by sophomore Julie Hardt, who won the 500 (4:53.88) and 1,000 free (9:57.19), and freshman Katie Yevak, winner of the 200 fly (1:58.31) and 400 IM (4:15.28). The Bulldogs sealed the dual meet victory by placing first (3:22.81 Morgan Fleming, Maritza Correia, Stefanie Williams, Paige Kearns) and second in the meet's final event, the 400 free relay.
'I was exceptionally pleased with our team's effort,' said Cal coach Teri McKeever. 'So many different people stepped up, including our divers. To become the best, you have to compete against the best, and it was a huge challenge for our young team to go against a team like Georgia. It was a good character check and our team responded to the challenge.'
The Bears will next split squads and travel to the Continental Airlines Challenge Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. in Houston, TX, and a dual meet Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. against the University of Nevada. On Nov. 10, the Bears will compete at the Rice Invitational beginning at 10 a.m.
200 Medley Relay1. Cal A (Alice Henriques, Staciana Stitts, Natalie Coughlin, Danielle Becks) 1:42.942. UG A (Mabry, Ertter, Yevak, Correia) 1:43.683. Cal B (Yokouchi, Miller, Griffith, Harper) 1:47.85
1,000 Freestyle1. Julie Hardt UG 9:57.192. Whitney Cal 10:07.253. Morelli Cal 10:09.484. Rose UG 10:22.715. James UG 10:24.91
200 Freestyle1. Stefanie Williams UG 1:46.922. Becks Cal 1:50.403. Kearns UG 1:50.564. Hardt UG 1:51.495. Medina Cal 1:52.14
100 Back1. Natalie Coughlin Cal 54.612. Henriques Cal 55.573. Mabry UG 56.614. Yokouchi Cal 57.635. Rose UG 1:04.26
100 Breaststroke1. Staciana Stitts Cal 1:01.582. Roby UG 1:01.723. Ertter UG 1:02.824. Pate UG 1:04.605. Calder Cal 1:05.98
200 Butterfly1. Katie Yevak UG 1:58.312. Sissener Cal 2:01.853. Buck UG 2:04.084. Griffith Cal 2:04.125. Morelli Cal 2:04.76
50 Freestyle1. Maritza Correia UG 23.482. Becks Cal 23.59 S. Williams UG 23.594. Harper Cal 24.325. Kearns UG 24.33
Three-Meter Diving1. Christina Flynn Cal 258.32. Bassham UG 248.853. Purvis UG 243.004. Urioste Cal 206.705. Borawski Cal 206.175
100 Freestyle1. Natalie Coughlin Cal 49.442. Correia UG 49.893. Becks Cal 50.884. S. Williams UG 50.895. Harper Cal 52.68
200 Backstroke1. Alice Henriques Cal 1:58.582. Yokouchi Cal 2:01.943. Mabry UG 2:03.564. Ng Cal 2:04.065. Barnard Cal 2:06.37
200 Breaststroke1. Staciana Stitts Cal 2:13.732. Ertter UG 2:13.913. Roby UG 2:14.044. Pate UG 2:19.065. Rais Cal 2:22.06
500 Freestyle1. Julie Hardt UG 4:53.882. Whitney Cal 4:57.133. Medina Cal 4:58.314. Fleming UG 4:58.365. Kearns UG 5:02.98
100 Butterfly1. Natalie Coughlin Cal 53.192. Yevak UG 55.253. Henriques Cal 56.714. Buck UG 57.195. Griffith Cal 57.23
One-Meter Diving1. Brooke Bassham UG 268.652. Flynn Cal 249.6753. Purvis UG 225.154. Borawski Cal 210.065. Urioste Cal 206.175
400 Individual Medley1. Katie Yevak UG 4:15.282. Roby UG 4:21.543. Yokouchi Cal 4:22.304. Pate UG 4:23.495. Ng Cal 4:23.78
400 Freestyle Relay1. UG A (Morgan Fleming, Maritza Correia, Stefanie Williams, Paige Kearns) 3:22.812. UG B (Mabry, Permenter, Hardt, Erttner) 3:26.943. Cal A (Stitts, Whitney, Mitchell, Harper) 3:29.11