Cal Women's Swimming (2-0) Travels to Georgia and South Carolina
Oct. 31, 2000
BERKELEY, CA - Fri. Nov. 3 at Georgia, Gabrielsen Natatorium, Athens, GA 7 p.m.Sat. Nov. 4 at South Carolina, Carolina Natatorium, Columbia, SC 2 p.m.
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 74-32 (.698) dual meet record with the Golden Bears and a 128-54 (.703) 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 (2-0), 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 and most recently defeated Pacific, 131.5-92.5 Oct. 27 in Stockton, CA. The Bears have been led by freshman Natalie Coughlin, who won the 200 free (1:48.77) and 100 fly (54.56) against Pacific and has Cal's top times in the 100 free (51.12), 100 breast (1:06.79), 200 breast (2:23.34) and 100 back (56.33) as well. Other top performances by Cal at this early juncture of the season include freshman Natalie Griffith with the team's top times in the 200 fly (2:04.86) and 200 IM (2:08.41), and freshman Kyoko Yokouchi with the Bears top times in the 200 back (2:04.10) and 400 IM (4:24.64). Senior captain Alice Henriques has Cal's top time in the 1000 free (10:20.10), junior Adrienne Mattos has the team's top time in the 50 free (24.11) and freshman Shauna Barnard has the Bears top time in the 500 free (4:58.88). Cal also features senior Haley Cope, who was the 2000 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year and is the world record holder in the short course 50-meter backstroke (27.25). She finished second in the nation last year in the 100-meter back (59.17) and sixth in the 100-meter fly (59.70), as well as being on both of the winning 200 free and 200 medley relays (backstroke leg) at the 2000 NCAA meet. Cope is also a top freestyler and butterflyer with bests of 23.23 in the 50 free, 49.85 in the 100 free and 53.28 in the 100 fly. She is on the Cal all-time Top 10 list in five different individual events and is on three school record relays.
CAL NEWCOMERS: Eight of Cal's nine freshmen were Olympic Trial qualifiers this past summer. Coughlin was the No. 1 high school recruit in the country last year and competed in the 200 IM and 100 fly at this summer's Olympic Trials. Freestyler Danielle Becks will be providing depth in the relays and freestyle events. Maggie Konstantinova, who qualified for the semifinal heats of the Olympic Trials in the 100 breaststroke, and Griffith, world ranked and a Senior National Qualifier in the individual medley events, will be also be top newcomers for Cal.
NOTING THE OPPONENTS: Cal will be swimming a dual meet against Georgia for the first time in school history. The Bulldogs are the two-time defending national champions, capturing the NCAA title last season with 490.5 points. Georgia returns sophomore Maritza Correia, defending NCAA champion in the 200-meter free (1:57.33). The Bulldogs also captured last year's NCAA titles in the 400-meter free relay and the 400-meter medley relay. The Bears will be swimming a dual meet against South Carolina for the first time in school history as well. The Gamecocks were 1-7 in dual meets last season, 0-5 in the Southeastern Conference, finished eighth in the conference meet and were 38th at the 2000 NCAA Championship.