No. 4 Cal Women's Swimming In Third After Second Day of Pac-10 Meet

March 1, 2002

LONG BEACH, CA - The No. 4 ranked California women's swim team (7-2, 5-1) is in third place after the second day of the 2002 Pac-10 Swimming and Diving Championships at the Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach, CA. Cal was paced by sophomore Natalie Coughlin, the 2001 NCAA Swimmer of the year who won 2002 Pac-10 titles in the 200 fly and 100 back, and helped the Bears win the conference crown in the 200 medley relay.

Cal ( 765 points) trails only No. 1 ranked Stanford (916) and host USC (792.5).

Coughlin broke her own American and NCAA record in the 100 back by posting a mark of 50.71 in the prelims (old mark 50.90). She also won the 200 free, setting new school and Pac-10 records with a time of 1:43.30 in the prelims. Coughlin's final time in the 100 back was 53.70 and in the 200 fly was 1:46.53.

In the 200 medley relay, Cal won the 2002 Pac-10 title with a mark of 1:39.20 (Coughlin, junior Staciana Stitts, senior Alice Henriques, junior Michelle Harper).

Other top individual results for the Bears included Henriques placing fourth in the 100 fly (55.00) and fifth in the 100 back (55.33), Stitts placing fourth in the 100 breast (1:02.87) and sophomore Kyoko Yokouchi placing fifth in the 400 IM (4:15.22).

Cal also placed fifth in the 800 free relay (7:26.04, freshman Lauren Medina, junior Ashley Whitney, sophomore Danielle Becks, junior Micha Burden). Junior diver Christina Flynn was 18th (403.05) and junior Amanda Urioste was 24th (315.85) in the three-meter diving competition.

The 2002 Pac-10 Swimming Championships conclude Saturday, Mar. 2 in Long Beach.

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