No. 4 Cal Women's Swimming and Diving Places Fourth at 2002 Pac-10 Championships

March 2, 2002

LONG BEACH, CA - The No. 4 ranked California women's swim team (7-2, 5-1) finished fourth at the 2002 Pac-10 Swimming and Diving Championships at the Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach, CA. Cal was again paced by sophomore Natalie Coughlin, the 2001 NCAA Swimmer of the year, who won 2002 Pac-10 title in the 200 back with an NCAA record time of 1:50.40.

It was the sophomore's second American record at the meet, after breaking her old record in the 100 back on Friday. Coughlin broke her the American and NCAA record in the 100 back by posting a mark of 50.71. She also won the 200 free on Friday, setting new school and Pac-10 records with a time of 1:43.30.Coughlin helped the Bears win the 2002 Pac-10 title in the 200 medley relay with a mark of 1:39.20 (Coughlin, junior Staciana Stitts, senior Alice Henriques, junior Michelle Harper) on Friday and 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) on Thursday as well.

Other highlights for Cal Saturday was junior Ashley Whitney finishing fourth in the 1650 free (16:26.81), sophomore Kyoko Yokouchi placing fourth (1:57.14) and senior Alice Henriques placing seventh (1:57.93) in the 200 back, junior Staciana Stitts placing fourth in the 100 breast (2:12.03) and the Bears 400 free relay placing fourth (3:20.86, sophomore Danielle Becks, Coughlin, junior Micha Burden, Stitts). Junior diver Christina Flynn finished 17th in the platform competition (292.00).

The Bears will next travel to the 2002 NCAA Championships, Mar. 21-23 in Austin, TX.

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