Cal Women's Swimming Hosts Pac-10 Foe Washington State

Oct. 16, 2001


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Sat. Oct. 20 vs. Washington State, Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, CA 12 p.m.

BEARS HOST CONFERENCE OPPONENT WSU: The Cal women's swim team (2-0) will compete in its home opener this Saturday, Oct. 20 against Pac-10 foe Washington State at 12 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Bears have never lost to the Cougars in dual meet competition, owning a 4-0 all-time mark against WSU.

LAST COMPETITION: Cal started off the 2001-02 season with a pair of victories Oct. 6 in a double dual meet at Fresno, CA. The Bears defeated Fresno State, 182-112, and Pacific, 153-109. Cal was led by sophomore Natalie Coughlin, the 2001 NCAA Swimmer of the Year, who won the 1,000 free (10:06.45), 100 back (54.47) and 100 free (50.84). Coughlin's time in the 100 back already qualified her for the 2002 NCAA Championships. Other individual winners for Cal included sophomore Kristen Sissener in the 200 fly (2:03.09), sophomore Danielle Becks in the 50 free (23.84), senior Alice Henriques in the 200 back (2:00.67) and freshman Amy Ng in the 400 IM (4:25.74). The Bears also won the 200 free relay (1:35.60 junior Staciana Stitts, Becks, junior Michelle Harper, Coughlin). Sissener's time in the 200 fly and Henriques' time in the 200 back were both NCAA consideration times.

2000-01 RECAP: Last season, the Bears were 6-3 in dual meets, finished fifth at the Pac-10 meet and placed seventh at the NCAA Championships (248 points). As a freshman, Cal's Natalie Coughlin was named NCAA Swimmer of the Year, Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year and Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year. It was the first time in Pac-10 history someone has been named both conference Newcomer of the Year and Swimmer of the Year. Coughlin is also the third consecutive Cal swimmer to earn Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year honors (Marylyn Chiang in 1999, Haley Cope in 2000 and Coughlin in 2001) under head coach Teri McKeever. Coughlin had what was arguably the greatest freshman campaign of any collegiate swimmer in NCAA history. She won the national title in the 100 fly and the 100 and 200 backstroke, while breaking 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.Coughlin then won USS National Swimming titles Mar. 27-Apr. 1 in Austin, TX in both in the 100-meter butterfly (59.38) and the 100-meter backstroke (1:01.32). Coughlin then represented the United States at the 2001 World Championship, July 22-29 in Fukuoka, Japan, winning the world title in the 100-meter back (American record 1:00.37).

HEAD COACH TERI MCKEEVER: Teri McKeever, the 1999 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, is in her 10th season as Cal's head women's swim coach. McKeever has an 80-35 (.696) dual meet record with the Golden Bears and a 134-57 (.702) overall record (five years as women's coach at Fresno State). In the last five seasons, she has led Cal to a ninth place NCAA finish in 1997, a eighth place finish in 1998, a fifth place finish in 1999, a fourth place finish in 2000 and a seventh place finish in 2001.

NOTING THE OPPONENTS: Cal has a 4-0 all-time dual meet record versus Washington State. The Bears last defeated the Cougars, 554-328, Nov. 1, 1997 at Spieker Aquatics Complex (meet with Washington and Oregon State). In 2001, Washington State finished seventh (432 points) at the Pac-10 Swimming Championships.

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