Cal Dominates Pac-10 Swimming Awards
April 11, 2002
WALNUT CREEK, CA - Athletes and a coach from the University of California were the recipients of four of the Pacific-10's six swimming awards, it was announced by Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen.
On the women's side, sophomore Natalie Coughlin, who recently returned from New York City as a finalist for the James E. Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete, was named the 2001-02 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year. Coughlin's coach, Teri McKeever, was named the 2001-02 Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
Coughlin was named both NCAA and Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year last season as well. She has won six individual NCAA titles and holds two world records. McKeever was the Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 1999 and has now coached the past four Pac-10 Swimmers of the Year.
On the men's side, junior Anthony Ervin, the 2000 Olympic gold medallist in the 50-meter freestyle and three-time NCAA champion in the 100 free, was named the 2001-02 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year. Ervin's freshman teammate, Duje Draganja, the 2002 Pac-10 champion in the 100 free, was named 2001-02 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year.
Both Ervin and Draganja were members of the Bears 400 free relay that won the 2002 NCAA title. Ervin was also the national runner-up in the 50 free and Draganja was the national runner-up in the 100 and 200 free.