Cal Swimmers Shine at USS National Championship

April 2, 2001

AUSTIN, TX - The University of California swim program was well represented at the USS National meet Mar. 27-Apr. 1 in Austin, TX.

On the Cal women's side, freshman Natalie Coughlin, the 2001 NCAA Swimmer of the Year, won the national title in both in the 100-meter butterfly (59.38) and the 100-meter backstroke (1:01.32). Teammate Haley Cope, the 2000 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year, placed second to Coughlin in the 100-meter back (1:01.98) and was the national runner-up in the 50-meter freestyle (25.35) as well. Both Coughlin and Cope will now represent the United States at the 2001 World Championship, July 22-29 in Fukuoka, Japan.

On the Cal men's side, sophomore Olympic gold medallist Anthony Ervin was the national champion in both the 50-meter free (22.18) and the 100-meter free (48.98), and will be going on to the World Championship this summer in Japan. Ervin's coach, Bear Co-Head Coach Mike Bottom, has been selected as one of the assistant coaches for the United State's World Championship team.

Cal junior Matt Macedo, who placed 10th in the 100-meter free (50.38) at the USS National meet, has been selected to represent the USA at the World University Games this summer in Beijing, China.

'Our swimmers were very successful at the National Championship, which is a great step for them personally, as well as a great step for our program,' said Cal women's coach Teri McKeever. 'To have two athletes (Natalie Coughlin and Haley Cope) represent the United States on the national team is impressive.'