Cal Women's Swimming Hosts Three-Time Defending NCAA Champ Georgia

Oct. 23, 2001


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Thur. Oct. 25 vs. Georgia, Spieker Aquatics Complex, Berkeley, CA 2 p.m.

BEARS HOST DEFENDING NCAA CHAMP GEORGIA: The Cal women's swim team (3-0) will have a huge challenge this Thursday, Oct. 25 in a dual meet against three-time defending national champion Georgia at 2 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Bears narrowly lost to the talented Bulldogs, 156-140, last Nov. 3, 2000 in Athens, GA. The Bulldogs went on to clip Stanford, 389-387.5, at the 2001 NCAA Championships to win their third consecutive NCAA crown. Cal also lost a tight dual meet to Stanford in 2001, falling to the Cardinal, 151-149, Feb. 10, 2001 at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

LAST COMPETITION: In its last competition, the Cal women's swim team (3-0) defeated Washington State (0-1), 147-105, Oct. 20 at Spieker Aquatics Complex. The Bears won all 12 individual events and were led by sophomore Natalie Coughlin, sophomore Danielle Becks, sophomore Kyoko Yokouchi and senior Alice Henriques. Coughlin placed first in the 200 free (1:48.57) and the 100 fly (54.13), Becks won the 50 (23.57) and 100 free (50.71) in back-to-back events, Yokouchi captured the 200 back (2:02.94) and 200 IM (2:05.30) and Henriques won the 100 back (56.52) and 500 free (4:59.84). Other individual winners for Cal were freshman Lisa Morelli in the 1,000 free (10:15.97), junior Staciana Stitts in the 100 breast (1:03.02), sophomore Kristin Sissener in the 200 fly (2:02.16) and freshman Jenna Rais in the 200 breast (2:21.06). Coughlin's time in the 100 back (54.47) and the 100 fly (54.13) has already qualified her for the 2002 NCAA Championships. The Bears have seven other times that are NCAA consideration-Coughlin in the 50 free (23.48), 100 free (50.84) and 200 free (1:48.57), Henriques in the 200 back (2:00.67), Becks in the 100 free (50.71), Stitts in the 100 breast (1:03.02) and Sissener in the 200 fly (2:02.16).

2000-01 REVIEW: 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 81-35 (.698) dual meet record with the Golden Bears and a 135-57 (.703) 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 OPPONENT: Cal has an 0-1 all-time dual meet record versus Georgia, losing to the three-time NCAA champion Bulldogs, 156-140, Nov. 3, 2000 in Athens, GA. Against the Bulldogs, Coughlin won the 200 free (1:47.39) and the 200 IM (2:02.09), while Stitts won the 100 breast (1:02.77). Stitts, Haley Cope and Coughlin, plus Adrienne Mattos, were members of the Bears 200 medley relay (1:42.01) that placed first as well.

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