Cal Swimmers Perform Well at the Goodwill Games

Aug. 29, 2001

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - Two swimmers with Cal connections, Haley Cope and Staciana Stitts, were instrumental in the United States defeating Europe Wednesday in the opening event of the Goodwill Games swim program in Brisbane, Australia.

Team USA topped the European squad, 82-67, when Cope, who competed for the Bears from 1998-2001, defeated Inge de Bruijn of the Netherlands in the anchor leg of the 400-meter freestyle relay (3:45.71-3:49.68). The United States' 400-meter medley relay team of Cope (backstroke), Stitts (breaststroke), Dan Vollmer (butterfly) and Gabrielle Rose (freestyle) fell to Europe in the opening event of the meet (4:07.26-4:08.54).

Other events Cope or Stitts competed in included Cope winning the 50-meter backstroke (28.89) and placing second in the 100-meter back (1:02.82). Stitts, who is a junior at Cal, placed second in both the 50-meter breaststroke (32.79) and the 100-meter breast (1:10.80).

Cope and Stitts will next compete Thursday, Aug. 30 when the United States takes on Australia in a similar dual meet format. The two Bears then swim again Saturday, Sept. 1 when the USA squad faces a World All-Star team. Cal swim coach Teri McKeever is an assistant on the United States' women's swim team at the Goodwill Games.

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