Teri McKeever to Receive National Collegiate and Scholastic Swimming Trophy

May 14, 2002

BERKELEY, CA - California head women's swimming coach, Teri McKeever, will be presented the National Collegiate and Scholastic Swimming Trophy at the 42nd annual CSCAA NCAA and NAIA Awards Banquet May 22 in Tampa Bay, Florida.

The National Collegiate and Scholastic Swimming Trophy, the highest award of its kind in the United States, is presented to an individual or organization for having contributed in an outstanding way to swimming as a competitive sport and healthful recreational activity at schools and colleges. The award has been presented since 1958, with Cal men's swimming coach Nort Thornton receiving the honor in 1990.

McKeever's accomplishments have been nothing short of spectacular in 10 seasons as the leader of Golden Bear swimming. McKeever has twice been named Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year (1999, 2002) and has coached the past four Pac-10 Swimmers of the Year - Marylyn Chiang (1999), Haley Cope (2000) and Natalie Coughlin (2001, 2002) - with Coughlin going on to be named 2001 and 2002 NCAA Swimmer of the Year.

Under McKeever's guidance, Coughlin became Cal's first female NCAA Swimmer of the Year, has set two world records, 24 American records, won six individual NCAA titles and was a finalist for the AAU Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete.

In the past six seasons, McKeever has led the Bears to ninth, eighth, fifth, fourth, seventh and eighth-place NCAA finishes, while amassing a 57-16 dual meet record and coaching eight different national champions. This past summer, she saw two of her swimmers, Haley Cope and Natalie Coughlin, win gold medals at the 2001 World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, and was a member of the United States' coaching staff at the 2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia.

McKeever also coaches Staciana Stitts, who became the first Cal woman swimmer to earn an Olympic gold medal since Mary T. Meagher in 1984, when Stitts was a member of USA's gold medal winning 400 medley relay in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The Bears also feature Ashley Whitney, who earned a gold medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics as a member of the United States' 800 free relay.

Along with the team's accomplishments in the pool Cal consistently has one of the highest team GPAs in the nation and has had nine different Academic All-Americans and numerous Pac-10 All-Academic selections.

McKeever's development of the Cal program through the years is impressive as she has now helped produce 29 different individual All-Americans and 36 different swimmers have broken into the Bears all-time Top-10 list.

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