Bears Make a Splash at World Championships

Aug. 1, 2005

MONTREAL - The Cal Aquatics programs were well represented at the XI FINA World Championships in Montreal that took place from July 24-31. Former and current Cal swimmers took home nine medals and set one world record at the competition.

Former Bear Natalie Coughlin, sophomore Emily Silver and incoming freshman Jessica Hardy represented the women and recent graduate Duje Draganja, competing for Croatia, represented the Cal men. Teri McKeever, head coach of Cal's women's swimming and diving program, served as an assistant for the US team.

Coughlin may have come home with the most medals (five) of the Golden Bear group, but Hardy made the biggest splash. Hardy, swimming in her first international competition set a world record in the semifinal of the women's 100-meter breaststroke Jul. 25, clocking a 1:06.20. In the Jul. 26 finals, Hardy took second in 1:06.62 behind Australian Leisel Jones (1:06.25). Hardy finished with three silver medals overall after placing second in both the 50 breast (30.85) and the 400 medley relay (3:59.92) along with Coughlin, Rachel Komisarz and Amanda Weir.

Coughlin collected one gold medal, two silvers and two bronzes over the course of the meet. Along with teammates Katie Hoff, Whitney Myers and Kaitlin Sandeno, Coughlin took first in the 800 free relay (7:53.70). She tied for second in the 100 free (54.74), placed third in the 100 back (1:00.88) and helped teammates Kara Lynn Joyce, Lacey Nymeyer and Weir to a third-place mark in the 4x100 free relay (3:38.31).

Cal sophomore Emily Silver swam in the semis of the 4x100 free relay, in which the USA placed fifth (3:41.64). Silver's split was a 55.84.

In the men's competition, Draganja posted a second-place finish in the 50 free (21.89) and a fifth-place finish in the 100 free (48.89).

Summer swim competition continues with the Duel in the Pool from on Aug. 2 and the World University Games Aug. 11-21.

In its second year, the Duel in the Pool features a head-to-head competition between team USA and the Australian national team. Coughlin, Silver and Hardy will compete in the event, which will be televised by NBC Sports and air on Aug. 6 from 4-6 p.m. and Aug. 7 from 12:30-2 p.m.

The World University Games will feature Cal competitors senior Ashley Chandler, recent graduate Lauren Medina, junior Sherry Tsai and incoming freshman Lauren Rogers. The meet will be held in Izmir, Turkey.

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