No. 4 Cal Women's Swimming and Diving Travels to No. 1 Stanford

Feb. 11, 2002


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Feb. 16 at Stanford, Avery Aquatic Center 12 p.m.

BEARS TRAVEL TO STANFORD: The No. 4 ranked Cal women's swimming and diving team (7-1, 5-0) will travel to No. 1 ranked Stanford, Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Avery Aquatic Center on the Stanford campus. The Bears will feature Natalie Coughlin, the 2001 Pac-10 and NCAA Swimmer of the Year, who is undefeated (26-0) in Pac-10 dual meet races. The Cardinal feature Tara Kirk, the 2001 NCAA champion in the 100 breast, and Jessica Foschi, 2001 NCAA champ in the 500 free.

COUGHLIN FINALIST FOR SULLIVAN AWARD: Natalie Coughlin, a sophomore swimmer at Cal, has been named one of the 14 finalists for the 72nd Annual AAU James E. Sullivan Memorial Award that recognizes the top amateur athlete in the nation. Narrowed from a field of 30 nominees, the first-round finalists will be reduced to five athletes and their names will be released in mid-March. From the five names, the National winner will be formally recognized in early April. Over a five-day span earlier this fall, Coughlin won nine events and in the process set two world records, four American records and six meet records. At the FINA World Cup in East Meadow, NY, Nov. 27-28, she broke the 100 (57.08) and 200 (2:03.52) backstroke short course meters world records. In the 50 fly (25.83), Coughlin broke the US Open record. She then traveled to the Texas Invitational Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in Austin, TX and broke the American record in the 100 back (50.90) and posted times that lead the nation in the 50 free (22.21), 100 free (47.76), 200 free (1:43.77) and 100 fly (51.22).

ADDITIONAL COUGHLIN NOTES: Last season, Coughlin was the third consecutive Bear women swimmer to be named Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year (Marylyn Chiang in 1999, Haley Cope in 2000 and Coughlin in 2001). During last season's Pac-10 dual meet schedule, Coughlin won all 15 races she entered and was the NCAA champion and record holder in the 100 fly, 100 back and 200 back. Coughlin is also the Cal school record holder in the 50 free, 100 free and 200 free, and is on school record-setting 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay and 200 free relays.

BEARS SWEEP USC AND UCLA: In Cal's last competition, Feb. 1-2 in Los Angeles, the Bears defeated No. 10 USC, 165-135, and No. 11 UCLA, 159.5-140.5. Against the Trojans, Coughlin took firsts in the 100 fly (54.17), 200 fly (1:54.55) and the 200 IM (1:57.64), while sophomore Danielle Becks won the 50 free (23.53), 100 free (50.69) and the 200 free (1:50.35). Other winners for Cal against USC were junior Staciana Stitts in the 100 breast (1:01.72) and the 200 breast (2:17.40). Senior Alice Henriques captured the 100 back (55.95) and junior Ashley Whitney was the winner of the 500 free (4:51.22). The Bears also won the 200 medley relay (1:42.73 Coughlin, Stitts, sophomore Kyoko Yokouchi, junior Michelle Harper). Against UCLA, multiple event winners were Coughlin (50 free 23.21, 100 free 49.67 and 200 free 1:49.78), Whitney (1000 free 10:07.60 and 500 free 4:56.39) and Yokouchi (100 back 56.76 and 200 back 2:01.22). Other winners were Stitts, who tied for first in the 100 breast (1:03.63), sophomore Kristen Sissener in the 200 fly (2:04.30) and freshman Amy Ng in the 400 IM (4:22.64). Cal won the 400 medley relay (3:47.11 Henriques, Stitts, sophomore Natalie Griffith, Becks) as well.

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 85-36 (.702) dual meet record with the Golden Bears and a 139-58 (.706) 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 a 2-26 all-time dual meet record versus Stanford, barely losing to the Cardinal last season, 151-149, Feb. 10, 2001 at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Stanford ended up finishing second and Cal seventh at the 2001 NCAA Championships.

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