Cal Women Swimmers Travel to Continental Airlines Classic, Rice Invite

Nov. 8, 2000

BERKELEY, CA - Fri. Nov. 10 at Continental Airlines Classic, Rice Pool, Houston, TX 6 p.m.Sat. Nov. 1 at Rice Invitational, Rice Pool, Houston, TX 10 a.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 75-33 (.694) dual meet record with the Golden Bears and a 129-55 (.701) 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 Cal women's swim team (3-1) made a strong statement to the collegiate swimming world last weekend as it more than held its own against two-time defending national champion Georgia in Athens, GA and defeated host South Carolina in Columbia, SC. The Bears lost to the talented Bulldogs, 156-140, in an early season showdown Nov. 3 between two of the top teams in the nation. Against Georgia, Cal was led by senior Haley Cope, who captured the 100 back (54.74 NCAA automatic), 50 free (23.06) and 100 fly (54.40 NCAA automatic). Freshman Natalie Coughlin was also outstanding as she won the 200 free (1:47.39 NCAA automatic) and the 200 IM (2:02.09). Cal Olympian Staciana Stitts won the 100 breast (1:02.77) and Stitts, Cope and Coughlin, plus junior Adrienne Mattos, were members of the Bears first place finishing 200 medley relay (1:42.01). The following day against the Gamecocks of South Carolina, the Bears won 135-122 as Cal swimmers won eight events with Stitts and Coughlin winning two events apiece. Stitts captured the 200 free (1:51.20) and 100 fly (56.55), while Coughlin excelled by winning the 200 fly (1:58.16 NCAA automatic) and 200 back (1:58.89). Other individual winners for the Bears included junior captain Alice Henriques in the 100 back (57.50), freshman Danielle Becks in the 50 free (24.55) and Cope in the 100 free (50.50). Cal also won the 200 medley relay (1:46.57, freshman Kyoko Yokouchi, Stitts, Coughlin, sophomore Michelle Harper).

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 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 freshman Natalie Griffith, world ranked and a Senior National Qualifier in the individual medley events, will be also be top newcomers for Cal.

NOTING THE CONTINENTAL AIRLINES CLASSIC AND RICE INVITATIONAL: Cal will be sending 10 swimmers to the Continental Airlines Classic and the Rice Invitational. The 10 Bear athletes include Cope, Coughlin, freshman backstroker/IMer Shauna Barnard, Becks, Griffith, Harper, Henriques, senior breaststroker/IMer Rita Mariani, Mattos and Yokouchi. Friday's Continental Airlines Classic, hosted by Rice University, will be a 13 event format with swimmers from Michigan, Penn State, Missouri, Illinois, Rice and Cal.

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