No. 9 Cal Defeats No. 16 ASU, 166-131

Jan. 24, 2003

The No. 9 California women's swimming team (5-1, 1-0) opened its Pac-10 slate in impressive fashion, winning nine events Friday to earn a 166-131 victory at Arizona State.

Junior Natalie Coughlin led the Bears with three wins while freshman Helen Silver won two events. Coughlin won the 100 free (49.29) and 200 free (1:47.88) and set Cal's fastest time of the season in the 200 IM with an NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 2:00.62. Silver took first in both backstroke events, winning the 100 back in 56.58 and the 200 back in 2:01.10.

Senior Staciana Stitts was also impressive, posting Cal's best mark of the season in her 100 breast (1:01.27) victory. She finished in the runner-up spot in the 200 breast (2:15.73). Sophomore Lisa Morelli and freshman Flora Kong rounded out the Bears' winners, as Morelli took first in the 200 fly (2:04.45), while Kong won the 100 fly (56.22).

Cal's 200 medley relay team of Coughlin, Stitts, Kong and junior Danielle Becks won the event in 1:41.47. Several other Bears' swam well, as sophomore Lauren Medina placed second in both the 200 free (1;50.43) and 500 free (4:59.12). Becks also tallied runner-up finishes, coming in second in the 50 free (23.66) and 100 free (50.89).

On the diving side, sophomore Alyson Borawski finished second in the one-meter competition (226.40) and third in the three-meter event (236.40).

The Bears now head down to Tucson to take on Arizona Sat., Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. Cal returns home next weekend and hosts USC Fri., Jan. 31 and UCLA Sat., Feb. 1 at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Both meets begin at 1 p.m.

Cal at Arizona State - Cal Results (Jan. 24)
200 Medley Relay - 1. Cal 'A' (Coughlin, Stitts, Kong, Becks) 1:41.47, 3. Cal 'B' (Silver, Rockwell, Griffith, Harper) 1:45.48, 5. Cal 'C' (Ng, Miller, Palsson, Amano) x1:48.43; 1000 Free - 3. Kate Tiedeman 10:09.82, 4. Lisa Morelli 10:13.73, 5. Ashley Chandler 10:24.97; 200 Free - 1. Natalie Coughlin 1:47.88, 2. Lauren Medina 1:50.43, 5. Cheryl Anne Bingaman 1:53.60, 6. Keiko Amano x1:56.59; 100 Back - 1. Helen Silver 56.58, 3. Amy Ng 58.99, 4. Kate Tiedeman 1:00.23; 100 Breast - 1. Staciana Stitts 1:01.27, 3. Marcelle Miller 1:05.04, 4. Natalie Griffith 1:05.07, 5. Whitney Rockwell x1:06.33; 200 Fly - 1. Lisa Morelli 2:04.45, 2. Flora Kong 2:05.93, 5. Jenna Rais 2:07.63, 7. Ashley Chandler x2:09.86; 50 Free - 2. Danielle Becks 23.66, 3. Michelle Harper 23.77, 4. Whitney Rockwell 23.86, 7. Emma Palsson x24.54; 100 Free - 1. Natalie Coughlin 49.29, 2. Danielle Becks 50.89, 4. Cheryl Anne Bingaman 51.83, 6. Keiko Amano x53.20; 200 Back - 1. Helen Silver 2:01.10, 2. Amy Ng 2:04.11, 3. Lisa Morelli 2:05.13; 200 Breast - 2. Staciana Stitts 2:15.73, 3. Marcelle Miller 2:18.91, 5. Jenna Rais 2:23.95; 500 Free - 2. Lauren Medina 4:59.12, 3. Ashley Chandler 4:59.39, 4. Kate Tiedeman 5:00.87, 8. Jenna Rais x5:20.14; 100 Fly - 1. Flora Kong 56.22, 2. Natalie Griffith 56.76, 5. Emma Palsson 58.17, 6. Keiko Amano x58.52; 200 IM - 1. Natalie Coughlin 2:00.62, ex. Natalie Griffith x2:04.75, ex. Amy Ng x2:07.15, ex. Helen Silver x2:10.09; 400 Free Relay - 2. Cal (Bingaman, Kong, Palsson, Rockwell) 3:32.70; One-Meter Diving - 2. Alyson Borawski 226.40; Three-Meter Diving - 3. Alyson Borawski 236.40.

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