No. 7 Cal Women's Swimming Visits Continental Airlines Invite and Nevada

Nov. 7, 2001

BERKELEY, CA -

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Nov. 9 at Continental Challenge, Houston, TX 6 p.m.Nov. 9 at Nevada, Lombardi Pool, Reno, NV 2 p.m.

BEARS SPLIT SQUAD TO HOUSTON AND NEVADA: The No. 7 ranked Cal women's swim team (3-1) will split its squad, traveling to the Continental Airlines Challenge Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. in Houston, TX, and compete in a dual meet Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. against the University of Nevada. Cal is fresh off of taking three-time defending national champion Georgia to the wire in an Oct. 25 dual meet at Spieker Aquatics Complex, falling 152.5-150.5. The 10 athletes traveling to Houston are Danielle Becks, Natalie Coughlin, Natalie Griffith, Michelle Harper, Alice Henriques, Lauren Medina, Lisa Morelli, Amy Ng, Kristen Sissener and Staciana Stitts.

LAST COMPETITION: In its last competition, Cal almost pulled off one of the school's biggest dual meet victories, narrowly losing to three-time defending national champion Georgia, 152.5-150.5, Oct. 25 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) with the help of Henriques, Stitts, Coughlin and sophomore Danielle Becks. Coughlin placed first in the 100 back (54.61 NCAA automatic), 100 free (49.44 NCAA automatic, Spieker Aquatics record, Cal dual meet record) and 100 fly (53.19 NCAA automatic). Stitts had NCAA automatic qualifying times in the 100 (1:01.58, Spieker Aquatics record, Cal dual meet record) 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.

2000-01 REVIEW: Last season, the Bears were 6-3 in dual meets, finished fifth at the Pac-10 meet and placed seventh at the NCAA Championships (248 points). As a freshman, Cal's Natalie Coughlin was named NCAA Swimmer of the Year, Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year and Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year. It was the first time in Pac-10 history someone has been named both conference Newcomer of the Year and Swimmer of the Year. Coughlin is also the third consecutive Cal swimmer to earn Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year honors (Marylyn Chiang in 1999, Haley Cope in 2000 and Coughlin in 2001) under head coach Teri McKeever. Coughlin had what was arguably the greatest freshman campaign of any collegiate swimmer in NCAA history. She won the national title in the 100 fly and the 100 and 200 backstroke, while breaking NCAA records in all three events. She swam an NCAA record 51.18 in the 100 fly, an NCAA, American and U.S. Open record 51.23 in the 100 back, and a NCAA, American and U.S. Open record 1:51.02 in the 200 back. Coughlin helped the Bears to three second-place NCAA finishes in the relays as well.Coughlin then won USS National Swimming titles Mar. 27-Apr. 1 in Austin, TX in both in the 100-meter butterfly (59.38) and the 100-meter backstroke (1:01.32). Coughlin then represented the United States at the 2001 World Championship, July 22-29 in Fukuoka, Japan, winning the world title in the 100-meter back (American record 1:00.37).

HEAD COACH TERI MCKEEVER: Teri McKeever, the 1999 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, is in her 10th season as Cal's head women's swim coach. McKeever has an 81-36 (.692) dual meet record with the Golden Bears and a 135-58 (.699) overall record (five years as women's coach at Fresno State). In the last five seasons, she has led Cal to a ninth place NCAA finish in 1997, a eighth place finish in 1998, a fifth place finish in 1999, a fourth place finish in 2000 and a seventh place finish in 2001.

NOTING THE OPPONENT: Cal has a 7-2 all-time dual meet record versus Nevada, last defeating the Wolfpack, 168.5-127.5, Nov. 19, 1999 at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

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