No. 6 Ranked Cal Men's and Women's Swim Teams Travel to Texas Invitational

Nov. 29, 2001

AUSTIN, TX - Fri.-Sun., Nov. 30-Dec. 2 Texas Invite, Jamail Texas Swimming Center, Austin, TX All Day

HEAD COACH NORT THORTON: Nort Thornton, the 1999 Pacific-10 Coach of the Year, is in his 28th season as Cal's head men's swim coach. Thornton, the dean of the Pac-10 swimming coaches, has a career dual meet record of 196-78 (.715) with the Golden Bears and his squad finished eighth at the 2001 NCAA Championships. Thornton led Cal to back-to-back NCAA titles in 1979 and 1980.

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.

BEAR NOTES: The No. 6 ranked California women's swim team is currently 3-1 with victories over Fresno State (182-112) and Pacific (153-109) Oct. 6 in Fresno, Washington State (147-105) Oct. 20 at Cal and a loss at three-time defending national champion Georgia (152.5-150.5) Oct. 25 at Cal. The Bears have been led by sophomore standout Natalie Coughlin, the 2001 NCAA Swimmer of the Year who shined at the 2001 FINA World Cup in East Meadow, N.Y., setting a world record in the 100-meter backstroke Nov. 28. Her time of 57.08 bettered the old mark by more than a second and came on the heels of a world record performance in the 200-meter back (2:03.52) Nov. 27. Coughlin was named the Female Performer of the Meet. She finished the meet winning four gold medals and a silver medal in five events. Coughlin wrapped up the meet by winning her fourth event in the 50-meter fly, setting an American and U.S. Open record with a time of 25.83. Several other current Cal swimmers performed well at the FINA World Cup. In the 200 back Tuesday, senior Alice Henriques placed fourth with a time of 2:10.83 and freshman Amy Ng was eighth with a time of 2:19.14. On Wednesday in the 100 back, besides Coughlin's victory, Henriques was eighth with a time of 1:02.73. In the 100 free, sophomore Danielle Becks was sixth (55.98). Becks also performed well in the 400 free, placing seventh (4:21.14). Ng was an impressive third in the 400 IM (4:51.29) and Henriques was fifth in the 200 fly (2:18.26) Wednesday. Junior breaststroker Staciana Stitts was also stellar at the FINA Cup, placing fifth in the 200 breast (2:29.31), sixth in the 50 breast (32.08) and seventh in the 100 breast (1:10.57).

The No. 6 ranked Cal men's swim team is 1-1 with a 162-148 loss to No. 2 Texas Oct. 27 at USC and a 114-89 victory Oct. 28 at UC Santa Barbara. Against Texas, individual winners for Cal included freshman Duje Draganja, who won both the 50 (20.39) and 100 free (44.43), and sophomore Alex Lim, who captured the 200 back (1:46.90). The Bear divers placed first and second in the one-meter competition as well, with junior Nic Bartolotta winning with 298.30 points, followed by sophomore Robbie Quinn with a score of 289.05. Cal took first in seven of the meet's 11 events against UCSB, with individual winners including Draganja in the 50 (21.04) and 100 free (46.10) and senior Mattias Ohlin in the 200 free (1:41.41) and 100 fly (50.53). Lim captured the 100 back (48.94), freshman John Dorr won the 500 free (4:42.48) and senior Peter Aronsson placed first in the 100 breast (58.68). In addition, the Bears won the 200 medley relay with a time of (1:35.03). Draganja has been extremely impressive for Cal so far this season, having already won six races, including the 50 and 100 free titles Oct. 19 at the Pacific Invitational, as well as his 50 and 100 free dual meet races against Texas and UC Santa Barbara.

NOTING THE TEXAS INVITATIONAL: The Texas Invitational, held at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, will feature 11 men's teams (No. 2 Texas, No. 4 Auburn, No. 5 Arizona State, No. 6 Cal, No. 8 Arizona, No. 9 USC, No. 12 Michigan, No. 14 Wisconsin, No. 21 SMU, No. 24 Harvard and TCU) and 11 women's teams (No. 1 Stanford, No. 3 Auburn, No. 4 Arizona, No. 5 Texas, No. 6 Cal, No. 9 Arizona State, No. 11 USC, No. 15 Wisconsin, No. 25 Rice, Nebraska and TCU). Prelims on Nov. 30-Dec. 1 will be at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. On Dec. 2, prelims are at 9:30 a.m. and finals at 3 p.m. Results will be available on www.TexasSports.com. The Texas Invite has been a non-scoring event the past couple of years.

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