No. 4 Cal Women's Swimming (6-3) Travels to Pac-10 Championship

Feb. 20, 2001

Berkeley, CA - 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 78-35 (.690) dual meet record with the Golden Bears and a 132-57 (.698) 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 Bears last competition Feb. 10 at Spieker Aquatics Complex, No. 3 Stanford narrowly defeated No. 4 Cal, 151-149. The Cardinal won nine of the meets 16 events, and despite the Bears placing first and second in the final event, the 400 free relay, Stanford had enough points to top Cal. Some of the meet's highlights included freshman Natalie Coughlin breaking the school record in the 100 fly with a time of 52.36. Coughlin also surpassed the old Spieker pool record of 52.68, held by Stanford's Misty Hyman from 1999 and the dual meet record of 53.21 set by the Bears Marylyn Chiang in 1999, as well as breaking Chiang's former school record of 52.40. In the 200 IM, Coughlin had a time of 1:59.31, breaking the old pool record of 2:01.20 set by Joscelin Yeo in 1999. Coughlin also placed first in the 200 free with a time of 1:48.07. Other individual winners for Cal included senior Haley Cope in the 50 (23.36) and 100 free (50.95), and freshman Kyoko Yokouchi in the 200 back (2:00.17).

In five Pac-10 dual meets this season, Coughlin has won all 15 individual races she has entered. At this point of the season, she has the nation's top times in the 100 back (52.79), 100 fly (52.36) and 200 fly (1:55.93), and second-best times in the 200 free (1:45.65), 200 IM (1:58.35) and 200 back (1:56.33). Coughlin also owns the school record in the 200 free and 100 fly, and Spieker Aquatics Complex and the dual meet school record in the 200 free, the 200 back, the 100 fly and the 200 IM.

Coughlin captured a total of five individual titles Dec. 1-3 at the Texas Invite. She won the 200 fly (1:55.93 meet record, NCAA automatic), the 200 free (1:45.65, NCAA automatic, school), and 100 back (52.79 NCAA automatic, Texas Invitational record). Coughlin's time of 1:45.65 in the 200 free broke the Cal school record of 1:45.83 swam by Sarah Anderson in 1991. Coughlin also won the 100 fly (52.40) and the 200 IM (1:58.35).

Cope currently has the nation's sixth-best time in the 100 back (54.36 NCAA automatic) and ninth-best time in the 50 free (22.88), while junior Alice Henriques has the ninth-best time in the 200 back (1:58.59).

NOTING THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIP: The Pac-10 Championship features five teams ranked in the Top 10 in the latest CSCAA Top 25 poll, No. 2 Arizona, No. 3 Stanford, No. 4 Cal, No. 6 UCLA and No. 10 USC. Six 2000 Pac-10 champs return, including Cal sophomore Staciana Stitts, who won the 200 breast (1:00.31). Senior Haley Cope, the 2000 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year, was on last year's 200 free relay (1:30.98), and 200 medley (1:39.27) and 400 medley (3:35.71) relay teams that took first at the Pac-10 meet, setting Pac-10 Championship meet records in the process. The Bears finished third at the 2000 Pac-10 meet (1182.0), behind Arizona (1325.0) and Stanford (1197.0).

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