No. 6 Cal Defeats No. 17 Women's Swimming & Diving

Jan. 20, 2001

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Phenomenal freshman Natalie Coughlin won three individual events - more than the total by ASU swimmers combined - as No. 6 California defeated No. 17 Arizona State in women's swimming action Saturday at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center in Tempe, Ariz.

With the win, Cal is now 4-2 in dual meets this season, while ASU drops to 4-5.In the 200 yard butterfly, ASU's Sarah Baham swam an NCAA `B' qualifying time of 2:02.68, but even that was no match for Coughlin's NCAA `A' time of 1:58.67. Then in the 500y free, Coughlin cruised in at 4:56.45 to better Sun Devil freshman Brooke Townsend, who claimed second-place in 4:58.01. Finally, in the 100y fly, Coughlin completed her hat trick in 52.88. It didn't surpass her national best 52.40, but it could have stood as the fastest collegiate time of the season, and it put her healthily ahead of ASU's runner-up 56.65 effort by Alicia Wheelock.

The Sun Devils earned one of their individual wins from junior Amanda Stanford. Swimming the 1000y free in 10:12.77, Stanford bettered a duo of Cal freshmen in Kristen Sissener (10:18.35) and Shauna Bernard (10:19.72).

Riley Mants earned the other solo win for Sun Devil swimmers, touching the wall first in the 200y breaststroke with a time of 2:18.86. Cal's Rita Mariani finished second in 2:19.43, while Josie Jedicks' 2:23.22 claimed third-place points for ASU.

Junior diver Natalie Burgess made two significant contributions to the Sun Devil effort. While the Golden Bears were led by Christina Flynn's 231.15 on the 1-meter dive, Burgess produced a first-place total of 242.85. Then Burgess bested Flynn again in the 3-meter. While Flynn just outlasted a third-place effort by ASU's Trish Malatesta, 243.22-241.80, she was nowhere close to Burgess' meet-best 283.72.

Although the men concluded the home portion of their 2000-2001 schedule Saturday, the ASU women have one more chance to perform at their home pool when they host Northern Arizona and the University of San Diego Sunday at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center.

For seniors Malatesta, Anna Ericson, Lauren Morelli and Kelli Sasada, it will mark the last home performances of their ASU careers. Competition is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.

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