Cal Swimmers Head to FINA World Cup
Nov. 19, 2002
CAL TO MAKE WAVES AT WORLD CUP: Several members of the No. 7 Cal women's swimming team (5-1, 1-0) head to the FINA World Cup in East Meadow, N.Y., Nov. 22-23. Juniors Natalie Coughlin and Natalie Griffith, sophomore Marcelle Miller and freshmen Ashley Chandler, Whitney Rockwell and Helen Silver will compete in the event. Former Bear standouts, Haley Cope and Alice Henriques, will also swim at the competition.
CHEF COUGHLIN COOKS FOR TODAY SHOW: Junior Natalie Coughlin will show off her culinary skills on NBC's Today Show Thu., Nov. 21st. Coughlin is the guest for the cooking segment that will be aired sometime between 9:30 and 10:00 a.m.
LAST COMPETITION: The Golden Bears defeated Rice University in Berkeley, 146-105, last Sunday and both San Jose State, 178-113, and Oregon State, 154-108, last Friday in a triangular meet in San Jose. The victories were full of all-around contributions, as several different Cal swimmers recorded wins in both meets. Junior Natalie Coughlin led the Bears finishing first in both the 200 free (1:50.99) and 100 back (56.09) versus Rice. Junior Danielle Becks took first in the 100 free (51.50), sophomore Amy Ng won the 200 back (2:03.11) and freshmen Kate Tiedeman and Ashley Chandler added a win apiece in the 1000 free (10:19.01) and 500 free (4:58.72) respectively. Cal's relay teams also did well, as the team of freshman Helen Silver, sophomore Marcelle Miller, freshman Flora Kong and Becks placed first in the 200 medley relay (1:48.14). The 200 free relay team of freshman Cheryl Anne Bingaman, Coughlin, senior Michelle Harper and Kong swam the fastest time in the event at 1:35.48. Against San Jose State and Oregon State, Becks notched wins in the 100 free (52.22) and 200 free (1:51.76). Freshmen Silver and Whitney Rockwell also were victorious, as Silver took first in the 100 back (58.38) and Rockwell won the 50 free (24.17). Senior diver Christina Flynn swept the boards, winning both the one-meter (245.02) and three-meter (250.28) events.
2001-02 RECAP: The Golden Bears had eight swimmers reach All-America status. All-Americans include Coughlin, Becks, Harper and Staciana Stitts, while Micha Burden, Lauren Medina, Ashley Whitney and Kyoko Yokouchi earned honorable mention honors. Coughlin, the 2001 and 2002 NCAA and Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year who has set three world records and 27 American records, capped a superb freshman year with an even more successful sophomore season. She earned the USA Swimming Athlete of the Year and Performance of the Year award for her world record breaking swim in the 100-meter backstroke. At 58.59, Coughlin shattered the record, becoming the first female to ever post a sub-minute finish. At the NCAA Championships, she won national titles in the 100 fly (50.01), and 100 (49.97) and 200 back (1:49.52), setting NCAA records in all three events-breaking the old NCAA records she had set in 2001. Cal finished eighth at the 2002 NCAA Championships, bolstered by Coughlin's three wins, Stitts' fourth-place finish in the 100 breast, and the team's national runner-up finishes in the 200 and 400 medley relays. Cal placed fourth at the Pac-10 Championships, bettering its fifth-place finish from the year before. The Bears won five titles at the 2002 championships, as Coughlin set new conference records in the 200 free (1:43.30) and 100 (50.71) and 200 back (1:50.90).
FINA WORLD CUP INFORMATION: This week's competition marks the only U.S. stop within the FINA World Cup series. The event takes place at the Nassau County Aquatic Center in East Meadow, N.Y. The meet will be held in short-course 25-meter format. Nearly 200 swimmers will be on hand to compete. At last year's World Cup, Coughlin set two world records in the 100m (57.08) and 200m (2:03.62) back.
LIVE RESULTS AVAILABLE: Keep up with the Bears at the FINA World Cup. USA Swimming will keep live results updates at www.usa-swimming.com and complete recaps of the day's swims will be available at www.calbears.com.
HEAD COACH TERI MCKEEVER: Teri McKeever, the 2002 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, is in her 11th season as Cal's head women's swimming coach. McKeever also won the American Swimming Coaches Association's Coach of the Year award last month. She has an 89-38 (.701) dual meet record with the Golden Bears and a 143-60 (.704) overall record (five yeas as women's head coach at Fresno State). In the last six seasons, she has led Cal to top 10 national finishes every year, including an eighth place showing at the 2002 NCAA Championships.