Cal Men's and Women's Swimmers Travel to Pacific Friday

Oct. 24, 2000

BERKELEY, CA - Fri., Oct. 27 at Pacific, Chris Kjeldsen Pool, Stockton, CA 1 p.m.

HEAD COACH NORT THORTON: Nort Thornton, the 1999 Pacific-10 Coach of the Year, is in his 27th season as Cal's head men's swim coach. Thornton, the dean of the Pac-10 swimming coaches, has a career dual meet record of 189-76 (.713) with the Golden Bears and his squad finished fifth in the nation at the 2000 NCAA Championship. Thornton led Cal to back-to-back NCAA titles in 1979 and 1980.

HEAD COACH TERI MCKEEVER: Teri McKeever, the 1999 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, is in her ninth season as Cal's head women's swim coach. McKeever has a 73-32 (.695) dual meet record with the Golden Bears and a 127-54 (.702) overall record (five years as women's coach at Fresno State). She has led Cal to a 15th place NCAA finish in 1993, a 21st place finish in 1994, a 28th place finish in 1995, a 17th place finish in 1996, a ninth place finish in 1997, a eighth place finish in 1998, a fifth place finish in 1999 and a fourth place finish in 2000.

BEAR NOTES: The California women's swim team (1-0), which finished fourth in the nation last season, opened the 2000-01 campaign with a 183-95 dual meet victory over San Jose State Oct. 15 at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Bears were led by freshman Natalie Coughlin, who won the 100 back (56.33), 100 free (51.12) and the 200 breast (2:23.34). Other top performances by Cal included senior Haley Cope winning the 200 back (2:04.59) and the 100 fly (55.66), and freshman Kristen Sissener winning the 1000 free (10:32.09) and 200 fly (2:06.18). The Bears won all 14 of the swimming events and captured the one meter (freshman Danielle Sermer 244.27) and three meter (sophomore Christina Flynn 248.85) diving events. Following the 50 free, Cal had most of its swims scored as exhibition. The Bears also captured the 200 medley relay (1:48.95 Cope, junior Adrienne Mattos, sophomore Kristy Begin, freshman Natalie Griffith) and 200 free relay (1:37.58 Coughlin, Mattos, freshman Katherine Mitchell, Begin). The Bears will next have a huge test as they travel to Athens, GA Nov. 3 to face two-time defending national champion Georgia.

The Cal men's swim team started off the 2000-01 season with some strong performances at the two-day USC Invitational Oct. 20-21 at the McDonald's Swim Stadium. The Bears sent a squad of eight swimmers - senior Scott Greenwood, junior Maciej Burny, junior Frank Uxa, sophomore Joe Bruckhart, sophomore Quentin Byma and freshmen Fabian Friedrich, Jeff Natalizio and Keith Vogelgesang, to the meet. In the second day of the competition, the Bears captured the 200 medley relay (1:33.38 Natalizio, Byma, Friedrich, Greenwood) and the 400 free relay (3:01.94 Uxa, Bruckart, Burny, Greenwood), while individually Friedrich placed second in the 100 fly (50.05), Natalizio was second in the 100 back (51.86) and Burny was third in the 200 free (1:42.00). In the first day of the USC Invite, Cal won the 200 free relay with a time of 1:21.87 (Uxa, Bruckart, Burny, Greenwood). Greenwood, who transferred from USC to Cal in 1998, placed second in the 50 free (21.10), while Uxa placed third (21.11) and Burny placed fifth (21.33) in the 50 free. The Bears also placed second in the 400 medley relay (3:25.56 Natalizio, Byma, Friedrich, Greenwood).

NOTING THE OPPONENT: The Cal men have a 57-6 all-time record against Pacific and the Cal women have a 17-2 all-time record against the Tigers. The Pacific men won the Pacific Invitational on Oct. 14 and are led by junior Matt Smart, who placed 11th in the 200 free (1:41.24) at the 2000 NCAA meet. The Tiger women are 2-0, defeating Oregon State, 151-111, and San Jose State, 174-118, last weekend in Stockton. Pacific is led by sophomore Kristy Mathews, who was the Big West champion in the 200 breast (2:17.38) last season.

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