Natalie Coughlin's Performance at NCAA Championship to be on ESPN
March 19, 2001
BERKELEY, CA - The 2001 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championship, in which Cal freshman swimming sensation Natalie Coughlin won three individual national titles and was named NCAA Swimmer of the Year, will be on television this Friday, Mar. 23 on ESPN at 11 a.m. Pacific Time.
In one of the best, if not THE best, individual performance in Cal swimming history, Coughlin not only won the 100 fly and the 100 and 200 backstroke, she broke NCAA records in all three events. She swam an NCAA record 51.18 in the 100 fly, an NCAA, American and U.S. Open record 51.23 in the 100 back, and a NCAA, American and U.S. Open record 1:51.02 in the 200 back.
Coughlin helped the Bears to three second-place NCAA finishes in the relays as well. She swam the second leg of Cal's 200 free relay (Michelle Harper, Coughlin, Adrienne Mattos, Haley Cope) that set a new American record with a time of 1:30.05. Coughlin than swam the butterfly leg of the Bears 400 medley relay (Cope, Staciana Stitts, Coughlin, Danielle Becks) that was an American record with a time of 3:34.83. Finally, she swam the butterfly leg on Cal's 200 medley relay (Cope, Stitts, Coughlin, Harper) that placed second and established a new school record with a time of 1:38.44.
Coach Teri McKeever's squad finished in seventh place with 248 points, with every Cal competitor earning All-America status and scoring points. Other top individual finishes for the Bears included senior Haley Cope placing second in the 50 free (22.34) and seventh in the 100 free (49.34), sophomore Staciana Stitts placing 11th in the 100 breast (1:02.14), freshman Kyoko Yokouchi placing 16th in the 400 IM (4:19.48). Cal's 400 free relay (Becks, Coughlin, Harper, Cope) placed fifth (3:19.14) and 800 free relay (Natalie Griffith, Becks, Yokouchi, Alice Henriques) placed 14th (7:25.49) as well.