No. 6 Cal Women Swimmers Visit No. 4 Arizona and No. 19 Arizona State

Jan. 16, 2001

BERKELEY, CA - Fri., Jan. 19 at Arizona, Hillenbrand Aquatic Center, Tucson, AZ 2 p.m.Sat., Jan. 20 at Arizona State, Mona Plummer Aquatic Center, Tempe, AZ 12 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 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). Most recently, she has led Cal to a ninth place NCAA finish in 1997, a eighth place finish in 1998, a fifth place finish in 1999 and a fourth place finish in 2000.

BEAR NOTES: In the No. 6 ranked Cal women's swim team's last major competition, the Bears received a phenomenal performance from freshman standout Natalie Coughlin Dec. 1-3 at the 2000 Texas Invitational in Austin, TX. Coughlin captured a total of five individual titles at the Texas Invite. On Dec. 3, she won the 200 fly with a meet record and NCAA automatic time of 1:55.93. On Dec. 2, Coughlin won the 200 free with an NCAA automatic mark and school record time of 1:45.65, and captured the 100 back with an NCAA automatic mark and Texas Invitational record time of 52.79. Coughlin's time of 1:45.65 in the 200 free topped the former Cal school record of 1:45.83 swam by Sarah Anderson in 1991. Coughlin's time of 52.79 in the 100 back bettered the meet record time of 53.80 set by Arizona's Beth Botsford in 1999. Coughlin actually defeated Botsford (53.30) in this year's Texas Invite. On Dec. 1, Coughlin had placed first in the 100 fly (52.40) and the 200 IM (1:58.35). Coughlin's time of 52.40 in the 100 fly equaled the Cal school record set by Marylyn Chiang in 1999.Other highlights for the Bears on Dec. 3 were junior captain Alice Henriques finishing second in the 200 back (1:58.54) Top swims for the Bears during the second day of the Texas Invite were senior Haley Cope placing third (55.31) behind Coughlin and Botsford in the 100 back. Other first day highlights for the Bears were Cope placing second in the 50 free (22.88) and Cal's 200 free relay (sophomore Michelle Harper, Cope, junior Adrienne Mattos, Coughlin) placing second (1:33.09).At this point of the season, Coughlin has the nation's top collegiate times in the 200 free (1:45.65 NCAA automatic), 100 back (52.79 NCAA automatic), 100 fly (52.40 NCAA automatic), 200 fly (1:55.93 NCAA automatic) and second-best time in the 200 IM (1:58.35 NCAA automatic). Cope has the nation's third-best time in the 50 free (22.88) and fourth-best time in the 100 back (54.74 NCAA automatic), while Henriques has the third-best time in the 200 back (1:58.59). Cal has the nation's third fastest time in the 200 medley relay (1:42.01), fifth-best time in the 400 free relay (3:22.73), sixth-best time in the 400 medley relay (3:44.46) and seventh-best time in the 200 free relay (1:33.09).

NOTING ARIZONA AND ARIZONA STATE: Cal has a 12-5 all-time record against No. 4 Arizona (3-1), losing to the Wildcats in the last meeting, 132-111, Jan. 21, 2000 at Spieker Aquatic Complex. Arizona is led by sophomore Beth Botsford, who has the nation's top time in the 200 back (1:57.84), while the Wildcats have the nation's top times in the 200 free (1:31.07), 200 medley (1:39.79) and 400 medley (3:36.69) relays. The Bears have a 8-10-1 all-time record against No. 19 Arizona State (4-3), defeating the Sun Devils in the last meeting, 202-107, Jan. 22, 2000 at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Arizona State is led by junior Sarah Baham, who has the nation's seventh-best time in the 200 fly (1:58.80) and 12th-best time in the 100 fly (54.70).

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