No. 6 Cal Women's Swimming Tops Arizona State, 145-128

Jan. 22, 2001

TEMPE, AZ - Phenomenal Cal freshman Natalie Coughlin won three individual events - more than the total by Arizona State swimmers combined - as No. 6 ranked California defeated No. 17 ASU, 145-128, in women's swimming action Saturday at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center in Tempe, AZ. With the win, Cal is now 4-2 (1-1 in the Pac-10) in dual meets this season, while ASU drops to 4-5.

In the 200 fly. Coughlin won with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:58.67. Then in the 500 free, Coughlin cruised in at 4:56.45 and finally, in the 100 fly, Coughlin completed her hat trick in 52.88.

Senior Haley Cope was also a multiple winner for the Bears, capturing the 100 (55.86) and the 200 back (2:01.67). Other individual winners for Cal were freshman Natalie Griffith in the 200 free (1:52.34), senior Rita Mariani in the 100 breast (1:05.01), sophomore Michelle Harper in the 50 free (23.57), freshman Danielle Becks in the 100 free (52.04) and freshman Kyoko Yokouchi in the 400 IM (4:22.80).

The Bears also placed first in the 400 medley relay (3:46.61 Coughlin, Mariani, Cope, Becks) and the 200 free relay (swam as exhibition 1:34.42 junior Adrienne Mattos, Harper, Cope, freshman Katherine Mitchell).

For complete results of the Cal-ASU women's dual meet, go to

Cal will next host USC, Friday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex, followed by UCLA, Saturday, Jan. 27 at 12 p.m. at Spieker.

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