2001 Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championships

Feb. 15, 2001

WHAT: Pacific-10 Conference Women's Swimming Championships

WHERE: Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, Federal Way, Wash.

WHO: Women's swimming teams from ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA, OREGON STATE, STANFORD, UCLA, USC, WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE will compete for the 2001 Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championship.

WHEN: Thursday through Saturday, February 22-24, 2001, Preliminaries begin at 11:00 a.m. and finals begin at 6 p.m. each evening.

TICKETS: Tickets for the 2001 Pacific-10 Conference Women's Swimming Championships are available at the Championship or may be purchased in advance from the Washington State University Ticket Office in Pullman, (509) 335-9626 or 1-800-GO-COUGS option #3. A three-day adult pass is $20, three-day child/student/senior citizen pass is $10. Single-day tickets are available at $8 for adults or $4 for a child/student/senior citizen.

MEDIA CONTACT: The Washington State sports information office will handle publicity of the 2001 Women's Swimming Championships. Adam Love, sports information assistant, can be reached at (509) 335-4296.

MEET RESULTS: At the conclusion of each event, results will be faxed to the Pac-10 SID offices. Also, the results will be posted on the Pac-10 web site (www.pac-10.org) on the swimming page. Results will also be posted on Media TeamLink. Please contact Lori Haro at the Pacific-10 Conference office for more information.


PAC-10: The 2001 Pac-10 Championships feature some of the top teams in the country ... The latest CSCAA-Top 25 poll includes five Pac-10 teams in the top-10 alone ... No. 2 ARIZONA, No. 3 STANFORD, No. 4 CALIFORNIA, No. 6 UCLA and No. 10 USC ... Also appearing is No. 17 ARIZONA STATE ... Six 2000 individual Pac-10 champions are back to defend their eight crowns ... They are Arizona's Amanda Beard (200 breast), Beth Botsford (200 back) and Sarah Tolar (200 free), California's Staciana Stitts (100 breast) and Stanford's Jessica Foschi (500 free/1650 free) and Shelly Ripple (100 back/200 fly) ... One NCAA individual champion will take the pool at the Pac-10s ...

Botsford (200 back) won an NCAA title in 2000 ... Team results at the NCAAs found three Pac-10 teams in the top-5 ... Arizona was runner-up to national champion Georgia, followed by Stanford and California ... USC placed seventh, while UCLA came in eighth.

ARIZONA: Arizona comes to Washington as the No. 2 team in the nation. The Wildcats look to defend their Pac-10 title from a year ago. In 2000 Arizona became the only team other than Stanford to win the Pac-10 Championship. Last season's Pac-10 Coach of the Year Frank Busch returns some of the nation's top swimmers with junior Sarah Tolar and sophomores Beth Botsford and Amanda Beard. This season Tolar set a school record in the 400 IM and has assured herself a spot at the 2001 NCAA Championships by virtue of automatic qualifying performances in the 200 free, 500 free, 400 IM and 200/400 medley relays. Botsford, the 2000 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year, looks to defend her NCAA title in the 200 back and will also compete in the 100 back, 100 fly and 200/400 medley relays. Beard earned a bronze medal in the 200 breast at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. She adds the medal to the gold and two silvers she won at the `96 games. Others that should score points for the Wildcats include juniors Jenny Vanker and Erin Vogt. Vanker had a third place finish in the 50 free at last year's Pac-10s, while Vogt placed second in the 200 fly and third in the 400 IM.

ARIZONA STATE: Michael Chasson's Sun Devils come to the Pac-10s ranked No. 17 in the country. ASU will try to break out of the sixth-place finishes it has placed the past two years. Top returnees for the Sun Devils include senior Lauren Morelli and juniors Sarah Baham and Riley Mants. Last year Morelli and Mants earned honorable mention All-America honors for their 10th place finish in the 400 medley relay at the NCAAs. This season Morelli has the 25th-best 200 back time in the nation (2:01.23). Mants leads the Sun Devils in the 100 and 200 breast. Baham has posted the Sun Devils' only NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 200 fly. She owns school records in both the 100 and 200 fly and has turned in ASU season-bests in the 100 fly (54.70), 200 fly (1:58.80), 200 IM (2:04.93) and 400 IM (4:25.46). Her 2001-best in the 200 fly is seventh in the nation, while her 100 fly ranks 12th.

CALIFORNIA: The Bears have just gotten better and better under head coach Teri McKeever. In 1997, McKeever lead Cal to a ninth-place NCAA finish, an eighth-place finish in 1998, fifth-place finish in 1999 and fourth-place finish in 2000. The No. 4 Cal team will try to improve on its third place Pac-10 finish from last year. The Bears are lead by freshman Natalie Coughlin. In a dual meet at home against Stanford Coughlin most recently broke the school record in the 100 fly with a time of 52.36. That time also set a new pool record, along with a time of 1:59.31 in the 200 IM. In five Pac-10 dual meets this season, Coughlin has won all 15 individual races she has entered. This season she has had top national times in the 200 free, 100 back and 100/200 fly. Cal should also garner points from senior Haley Cope and sophomore Staciana Stitts. Cope was on last year's 200 and 400 medley relay teams that took first place at the Pac-10s and she was on the team that won the NCAA 200 free relay in 2000. Stitts will try to defend her Pac-10 title in the 100 breast. She was a member of the 4x100 medley relay team that took gold in the 2000 Summer Olympics.

OREGON STATE: The Beavers head to Pac-10s with a 7-5 record. Head coach Mariusz Podkoscielny will look for his team to improve on last year's ninth-place finish. Oregon State is led by senior Adrianna Higuera, sophomore Naya Higashijima and freshman Birte Steven. This season Higuera holds the Beavers' top times in the 50 free, 100 free and 200 free. Higashijima holds top times in the 200 fly, 500 free and 1,000 free. Newcomer Steven has Oregon State's top times in the 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 IM and 400 IM. In 2001 nine records were broken as Higashijima, Steven, junior Bonnie Renwick, sophomore Suzanne Starkey and the 200 and 400 medley relay teams recorded new all-time top performances. Oregon State's best finish at the Pac-10s was a second-place finish, done three times, and most recently in 1983.

STANFORD: The No. 3 Cardinal will look to regain its usual ownership of the Pac-10 Championship. Last year marked the first time Stanford did not win the Conference title. Head coach Richard Quick brings another talented squad with several swimmers returning to defend their Pac-10 titles from last year including juniors Jessica Foschi (500 free/1650 free) and Shelly Ripple (100 back/200 fly). Foschi has posted an NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 500 free, while Ripple has in the 100/200 fly and 400 IM. Other top returnees for the Cardinal are senior Misty Hyman and freshman Tara Kirk. Hyman won a gold medal in the 200 fly in the 2000 Summer Olympics. She is already an NCAA automatic qualifier in the 100 back/200 back, 100/200 fly and 400 IM. Newcomer Kirk is another bright spot on the Cardinal team. Just recently in a dual meet against Cal, Kirk set a new Pac-10 record in the 100 breast with a time of 59.51, besting the old record of 1:00.31 posted by Cal's Staciana Stitts last year. The NCAA qualifying time for that event is 1:02.33. Kirk has also posted a qualifying time in the 200 breast. In 2000 Stanford placed third behind Arizona at the NCAAs.

UCLA: The Bruins come into the 2001 Pac-10 Championships ranked No. 6 in the country. Last year the Bruins finished fourth at the meet. Head coach Cyndi Gallagher is excited to bring this year's deep team to the Championships. Four seniors dot the Bruin roster, including Brighid Dwyer, Beth Goodwin, Tracy Kinsch and Julia Voitovitsch. Goodwin and freshman Sara Platzer have been among UCLA's best swimmers this season. Goodwin holds top Bruin times in the 100/200 fly. Both of Goodwin's best times in those events were also NCAA consideration times. Platzer has also posted sub-NCAA times in the 50/100 and 200 free events, which are also the fastest UCLA times this season. Voitvitsch and junior Katie Younglove are also top flyers to watch and sophomore Erin Zehnter holds the best Bruin times in the 500/1000/1650 free. Zehnter placed sixth in the 1650 free last year.

USC: The No. 10 Women of Troy are led by Mark Shubert. This season's crop of swimmers are coming off of an upset win over No. 6 UCLA. Two juniors, Kristin MacGregor and Katie Meyer and two sophomores Jennifer Parmenter and Asa Sandlund have paced USC this year. MacGregor holds the Trojans' top times for 2000-01 in the 100 breast and 200 IM, while Meyer has been USC's top backstroker. Parmenter holds top times in the 100 and 200 free, while Sandlund holds the 500/100/1650 free best times. At the 2000 Pac-10 Championships USC finished in fifth place. MacGregor placed third in the 200 IM, second in the 100 breast and fourth in the 200 breast last year. Sandlund earned a third place finish in the 1650 free. Senior Corrie Murphy finished second in the 400 IM. Sophomore Michala Kwasny finished fourth in the 200 fly. The Trojans finished seventh at the NCAAs. Sandlund had a third place performance in the 1500 free, while MacGregor finished sixth in the 100 breast. Murphy placed second in the 400 IM and seventh in the 200 back.

WASHINGTON: Third-year head coach Micky Wender's Huskies will strive to improve on their seventh-place finish of one year ago. Team captains, seniors Janella Bart and Irene Schneider, along with sophomore Kim Harada lead the Huskies. Harada has posted Washington's fastest times in the 50 /100/200 free and 100/200 back. Her times in the freestyle events were all NCAA consideration times and school records. Bart holds the Huskies top time in the 1650 free. She returns as Washington's best individual performer at last year's Championships, placing fourth in the 1650 freestyle event. Schneider recorded top Husky times in the 200 fly and 200/400 IM. Last year she placed sixth in the 400 IM at the Championships.

WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars come to the 2001 Pac-10 Championships with a 9-3 record, the most wins Washington State has had in the team's 25-year history. The Cougars' nine wins this season, surpasses the old record of eight, which had been achieved three times, most recently in 1996-97. WSU swimmers hold 43 times on the all-time top 10 lists for individual events including school records by sophomores Lindsay Henahan (100 fly) and Melissa Hubley (200 fly) and freshman Andree-Anne LeRoy (200 IM). This year Cougar swimmers will have to make their mark as no one returns as a top finisher from last year's Pac-10s. Washington State placed eighth overall at the Championships.

LAST YEAR: Arizona won its first ever Pac-10 Championship, en route to a runner-up finish at the NCAA meet in Indianapolis, Ind.

TEAM RESULTS 1. STAN 1533.00 2. USC 1177.00 3. CAL 1155.50 4. ARIZ 1136.50 5. UCLA 856.50 6. ASU 634.50 7. WASH 456.50 8. WSU 372.50 9. OSU 229.50

DEFENDING INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS (returnees in bold)500 free Jessica Foschi, STAN 4:40.37200 IM Joscelin Yeo, CAL 1:57.14*50 free Catherine Fox, STAN 22.76400 IM Elli Overton, CAL 4:11.53100 fly Joscelin Yeo, CAL 52.90200 free Sarah Tolar, ARIZ 1:46.86100 breast Staciana Stitts, CAL 1:00.31*100 back Shelly Ripple, STAN 53.201650 free Jessica Foschi, STAN 16:12.16200 back Beth Botsford, ARIZ 1:54.45100 free Catherine Fox, STAN 49.37200 breast Amanda Beard, ARIZ 2:10.41200 fly Shelly Ripple, STAN 1:56.50

DEFENDING RELAY CHAMPIONS200 free relay California 1:30.98*400 medley relay California 3:35.71*200 medley relay California 1:39.27*800 free relay Stanford 7:10.79*400 free relay Stanford 3:17.78*** - Pac-10 Championship Record**-NCAA Record

NCAA Championships: The NCAA Women's Swimming Championships will be held in Long Island, New York, March 15-17.

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