1999-2000 Women's Swimming & Diving Year-In-Review
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Five Pac-10 teams finished in the top-eight at the 2000 NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. ARIZONA (472) put together it's best showing in school history to pace the Pac-10 and finish in second place behind Georgia. STANFORD (397) was third, followed by CALIFORNIA (4th, 311.5), USC (7th, 185), and UCLA (8th, 163). In all, Pac-10 insitutions won three individual titles and one relay title.
CALIFORNIA's Haley Cope and ARIZONA's Beth Botsford were named Pac-10 Swimmer and Newcomer of the Year. Cope was the lead swimmer on two relay teams which won titles at this year's Pac-10 Championships and the NCAA Championships. Cope swam Cal to two Pac-10 meet records in the 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay. She also had top-eight finishes in the 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly, and 200 backstroke. At the NCAAs, Cope led Cal to a World Record in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:49.23. She also swam on the 200 freestyle relay, setting a U.S. Open Record in the process with a time of 1:40.18. To top it off she finished second in the 100 backstroke and sixth in the 100 butterfly.
Botsford was a significant contributor to Arizona's first-ever Pac-10 championship, and school-best second-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Botsford took home the title in the 200 backstroke at the Pac-10s, in a time of 1:54.45. She also finished fourth in the 100 backstroke. At the NCAAs, Botsford won a National title by swimming the 200 backstroke in a time of 2:06.70, a new American Record. She also finished third in the 100 backstroke.
ARIZONA's Frank Busch was named Coach of the Year for the third time (1991, 1998) in his 11-year career. He led the Wildcats to a school-record second-place finish at the NCAA Championships. He also directed UA to its first-ever Pac-10 Championship, which also marks the first time in the 14-year history of the event that Stanford did not win the title. Busch had three swimmers win individual titles at the Pac-10s, and at the NCAAs he had an 800 freestyle relay squad win the title in a U.S Open Record time of 7:55.51, as well as the aforementioned Botsford win an individual title.
STANFORD's Erin Sones and McKenze Murphy were named Pacific-10 Diver and Newcomer of the Year. Sones finished in the top-four in all three diving events at the Pac-10 Championships in Long Beach, Calif., including taking the top prize in the three-meter event. Sones also finished second in the one-meter event and fourth in the platform. At the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., she was the top Pac-10 finisher in the three-meter event, placing third. Sones also placed 14th in the one-meter event.
Murphy, a freshman from Lakeside Park, Ky. and two-time prep All-American, placed two top-three finishes at the Pac-10 Championships. She placed second in the platform diving to lead Stanford, as well as third in the three-meter event. At the NCAA Championships, Murphy finished 19th and 23rd in the one-meter and three-meter events.
STANFORD'S Rick Schavone was named 1999 Women's Diving Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career.Schavone helped lead the Cardinal divers to one Pac-10 individual title and seven top-eight finishes, the win by the aforementioned Sones. The Stanford swimming and diving team overall took second at the Pac-10s and third at the NCAA Championships. The Women's Coach of the Year award is the fourth of Schavone's career and second consecutive.
SWIMMER OF THE YEAR: Haley Cope, CAL
FRESHMAN/NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR IN SWIMMING: Beth Botsford, ARIZ
DIVER OF THE YEAR: Erin Sones, STAN
FRESHMAN/NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR IN DIVING: McKenze Murphy, STAN
SWIMMING COACH OF THE YEAR: Frank Busch, ARIZ
DIVING COACH OF THE YEAR: Rick Shavone, STAN
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