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.

The other members of the Bears 400 medley relay included junior breaststroker Staciana Stitts (59.68), senior butterflyer Alice Henriques (53.76) and sophomore freestyler Danielle Becks (48.54).

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).

The Bears will conclude action at the 2002 NCAA Championships, Mar. 23 in Austin, TX. Complete results of the NCAAs can be found on either www.TexasSports.com or www.ncaachampionships.com

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