Cal Women's Swimming in Seventh Place After Second Day of NCAA Championships
March 22, 2002
AUSTIN, TX - The California women's swim team (7-2) is in seventh place (178 points) after the second day of the 2002 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, TX.
A highlight for Cal in day two of the NCAA Championships was the phenomenal swimming of sophomore Natalie Coughlin, the 2001 NCAA Swimmer of the Year and a finalist for the Sullivan Award, who is the 2002 NCAA individual champion in the 100 fly and the 100 back. Coughlin set an American record in the 100 fly with a time of 50.01 and set an American record in the 100 back with a mark of 49.97. She is the first woman to ever swim under 50 seconds in the 100-yard back.
Another highlight for the Bears was finishing as the national-runner up in the 200 medley relay with a school record time of 1:37.88 (Coughlin 23.41, Staciana Stitts 27.31, Alice Henriques 24.60, Danielle Becks 22.56). Junior Staciana Stitts also finished fourth in the 100 breast (1:00.40) and Cal's 800 free relay (Becks, Ashley Whitney, Lauren Medina, Micha Burden) was ninth (7:16.08).
On Friday, the Bears finished as the national runner-ups in the 400 medley relay with a school record time of 3:32.55. Until today's competition, Coughlin had broken the former American record in the 100 back with a time of 50.57, swimming the lead-off leg of Cal's 400 medley relay.
Another highlight for Cal Friday was the 200 free relay placing fourth with a time of 1:30.13. Members of the 200 free relay included junior Michelle Harper (23.40), Coughlin (21.53), Becks (22.35) and Stitts (22.85).