No. 8 Cal Closes Fall Season With Trip to University of Georgia Invitational
Nov. 30, 2004
Date Fri.-Sun., Dec. 3-5, 2004Place Athens, GeorgiaTime All Day
BEARS WILL BE GUESTS OF NO. 1 BULLDOGS
The undefeated Golden Bears finish the fall section of the season this weekend with a trip to the University of Georgia Invitational. After the tournament, the Bears will be on break until Jan. 21 when Cal visits Arizona.
The Bears will face top flight national competition in Athens, Georgia, where they will compete with the host Bulldogs, ranked No. 1 in the nation. Other participating schools include No. 21 Notre Dame, No. 22 Florida State (which Cal beat 147.5-111.5 on Oct. 22), Michigan State, Minnesota, and Emory.
The three-day event will feature a prelinary session each morning at 9:30 a.m. with an evening finals session at 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Live results will be available on Georgia's athletic website, www.georgiadogs.com, and live video is available on a prescription basis. For Cal recaps, visit www.calbears.com.
The invitational will be something of a homecoming for assistant women's swimming coach Whitney Hite who came to Cal two seasons ago after serving as an assistant coach with the University of Georgia's swimming staff for five years. With the Bulldogs, he helped Georgia's women's team to three straight national championships, 1999-2001.
The Golden Bears (6-0, 2-0 Pac-10) are ranked No. 8 on the Nov. 29 CollegeSwimming.com poll and No. 8 in the most recent College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) poll, Nov. 17.
California women's swimming defeated the University of Pacific Tigers, 155.50-98.50, Friday afternoon in a non-conference meet at the Spieker Aquatics Center. With the win, the Golden Bears improve to 6-0 on the season. Junior Helen Silver won both the 100 backstroke (57.00) and the 200 Backstroke (2:00.89) for Cal, and freshman Genevieve Patterson won both the 100 breaststroke (1:02.84) and the 200 breaststroke (2:18.78). The Bears showed off their breadth and depth with seven event winners: senior Lauren Medina (1000 free, 10:05.62), sophomore Sherry Tsai (200 free, 1:50.89), sophomore Annie Babicz (200 butterfly, 2:02.12), freshman Emily Silver (50 free, 23.82), sophomore Lauren Andrews (100 free 51.59).
Cal beat the San Jose State Spartans, 162-108, Nov. 12 in a non-conference meet at the San Jose State Aquatics Center. Erin Reilly won both the 1000 freestyle (10:03.60) and the 200 butterfly (2:07.63) for Cal. The Bears showed off their breadth and depth with eight event winners: freshman Genevieve Patterson (100 breast, 1:03.20), junior Helen Silver (100 back, 57.09), sophomore Annie Babicz (57.61), junior Ashley Chandler (100 free, 1:52.85), freshman Emily Silver (50 free, 24.48), Sherry Tsai (400 IM, 4:23.03), Lauren Medina (100 free, 52.07). Sophomore Lila Korpell provided a boost on the diving boards for the Bears, winning both the three-meter ( 266.175) and one-meter (258.45) events. Fellow Golden Bear Tara Capsuto finished runner-up in both dives.
Nov. 5, Cal defeated Oregon State 147.5-111.5. Senior Lauren Medina won both 200-yard freestyle, 1:49.18, and the 500-yard freestyle, 4:54.65. Genevieve Patterson, a true freshman, swept the breaststroke events winning the 100-yard with a 1:02.71 mark and the 200-yard race with a 2:18.86 time. Sophomore transfer Sherry Tsai was a double-event winner, as well, winning both the 200-yard backstroke, 2:02.40, and the 50-yard freestyle, 24.02. Emily Silver won the 100-yard freestyle event with a 51.31 time. Helen Silver won the 100-yard backstroke, 56.93. Junior Kate Tiedeman won the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:06.74. The California women's swim team had an impressive showing Oct. 22 at Spieker Aquatics Complex, defeating Florida State, 147-126. The Golden Bears won all 14 swimming events (Cal swam exhibition in the 100 fly, 200 IM and 200 free relay), paced by junior Helen Silver, Reilly and Emily Silver, who captured two events apiece.
The Cal women's swimming team won its season-opener Oct. 1 over Washington, 141-116, at Husky Pool and dominated the University of British Columbia Oct. 2, beating the Thunderbirds 128-17.
HEAD COACH Teri McKeever
Teri McKeever enters her 13th year at the helm of the University of California women's swimming program after making history this past summer as the first woman ever to be named a coach of a U.S. Olympic swimming team. As an assistant coach of the U.S. swim team in Athens, McKeever helped guide Cal alum Natalie Coughlin to five medals, including two gold, and the entire U.S. swimming team to 28 medals, including 12 gold. Under her direction, Cal women's swimming program has become one of the most elite in the nation. In her 12th year leading the Cal women's swimming program, McKeever led the 2003-04 Golden Bears to a sixth-place national finish and a 9-0 dual meet season. Her teams have finished in the Top 10 nationally for the last eight years in a row. McKeever has amassed an impressive 102-40 dual meet record (.718) and 10 out of the 12 years she has coached in Berkeley, the Bears have encompassed winning seasons. McKeever was an All-American at USC and received her B.S. in Education and Master's in Athletic Administration from Southern California.
ASSISTANT COACH Whitney Hite
Whitney Hite enters his second-year as an assistant coach at Cal. In his first season with the Golden Bears in 2003-04, Cal posted an undefeated dual meet record and beat Stanford for the first time since 1978. The Denver native came to Berkeley after serving as an assistant coach with the University of Georgia's swimming staff for five years. With the Bulldogs, he helped Georgia's women's team to three straight national championships, 1999-2001. Hite swam sprint freestyle for the Longhorns and graduated with a B.S. in sports management from Texas in the spring of 1997. He earned his master's degree in education from Georgia in 2001.
DIVING COACH RON KONTURA
Ron Kontura was hired August 10, 2004, to take Cal's diving program to the world-class level. Kontura brings a decade of elite club and collegiate experience to Berkeley. Kontura was both the diving coach and director of business operations of Nadadores Diving in Mission Viejo, Calif., from 2002-2003. Kontura earned his Master's in Business Administration from Illinois State University in 1999 and his Bachelor's in Business Administration from Ohio University in 1991.
The 2004 Olympics were not only red, white, blue, but also blue and gold as the Golden Bears participated as both coaches and athletes at the Games. The Cal contingent was headed by head coach Teri McKeever who made history as the first woman to ever serve as a coach on the U.S. Olympic swim team staff. McKeever was joined by former Cal stars Natalie Coughlin and Haley Cope. Coughlin, who competed as a senior for Cal last season in 2003-04, won five medals, tying a record for medals won at a single games by an American woman in any sport. Coughlin won gold in both the 100-meter backstroke and the 800-meter freestyle relay, silver in the 400-meter medley and 400-meter freestyle relays, and bronze in the 100-meter freestyle. Cope won a silver medal for her role in the preliminaries of the 400-meter medley relay. In addition, new sophomore transfer Sherry Tsai represented Hong Kong at the Games. It was Tsai's second trip to the Olympics, having represented her homeland in Sydney at the 2000 Olympics.
Cal features five newcomers who competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials and one new Olympian. Sophomore transfer Sherry Tsai represented her native Hong Kong at the 2004 Athens Games and the 2000 Sydney Games. Tsai comes to Berkeley from Orange Coast College, a junior college in Costa Mesa, Calif. Freshman Jessica Cotton of Stockton, Calif. finished 47th in the 800-meter freestyle (9:10.19) at the U.S. Olympic Trials. She was joined in Long Beach by Oregonian Genevieve Patterson, who claimed 26th in the 100-meter breast (1:12.33) and freshman Leann Toomey of Sammamish, Washington who finished 70th in the 100-meter fly (1:04.31). Another Pacific Northwest freshman, Emily Silver, sister of junior Helen Silver competed in two events at the Trials, seizing 15th in the 50-meter free (26.09) and 30th in the 100-meter free (57.28).
Cal claimed sixth place at the 2004 NCAA Championships (235.5 points). The Top 10 finish was highlighted by a national title in the 800-meter freestyle relay and two individual national titles in the 100-meter backstroke and 100-meter butterfly, both won by Natalie Coughlin. Coughlin led off on the 800-meter freestyle national championship squad, followed by Erin Reilly, Ashley Chandler, and Lauren Medina (7:50.94). Cal sent 15 athletes to the NCAA Championships, its most ever, and 11 of them earned All-American honors. Cal finished fourth at the Pac-10 Championships held in Long Beach, CA, Feb. 25-28 as a team, but claimed several Pac-10 titles. Cal's 1,117.5 points were close behind third-place Arizona (1,221.5), second-place UCLA (1,329) and first-place Stanford (1,380), demonstrating the parity in the upper echelon of the conference. Cal was over 250 points ahead of its next competitor, fifth-place Arizona State, which finished with 863 points.
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