No. 4 Cal Women's Swimming and Diving Second After First Day of Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 28, 2002

LONG BEACH, CA - The No. 4 ranked California women's swim team (7-2, 5-1) is in second place after the first day of the 2002 Pac-10 Swimming and Diving Championships at the Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach, CA. Cal, highlighted by a 2002 conference title in the 200 free relay, is second place with 366 points, trailing only No. 1 ranked Stanford (442 points).

The Bears won the 200 free relay with a Pac-10 meet record time of 1:30.47 (junior Staciana Stitts, sophomore Natalie Coughlin, sophomore Danielle Becks, junior Michelle Harper), surpassing Cal's previous Pac-10 meet record time of 1:30.78 set last year and giving the Bears back-to-back conference titles.

Cal also performed well in the 400 medley relay, placing second with a time of 3:37.07 (senior Alice Henriques, Stitts, Coughlin, Becks). Individually, the Bears top finishes were junior Michelle Harper placing third in the 50 free (23.32), junior Ashley Whitney placing fourth in the 500 free (4:47.17), sophomore Kyoko Yokouchi placing sixth in the 200 IM (2:02.41) and junior Staciana Stitts placing seventh in the 200 IM (2:02.79).

In the one-meter diving competition, junior Christina Flynn was 11th (225.90).

For complete results of the 2002 Pac-10 Championships, check the USC website at www.usctrojans.com. The competition goes through Mar. 2 at the Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach, CA.

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