Cal Women's Swimming in Sixth Place After First Day of NCAA Championships

March 21, 2002

AUSTIN, TX - The California women's swim team (7-2) is in sixth place after the first day of the 2002 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, TX.

A highlight for Cal in day one of the NCAA Championships was the Bears finishing as the national runner-ups in the 400 medley relay with a school record time of 3:32.55. Sophomore sensation Natalie Coughlin, the 2001 NCAA Swimmer of the Year, broke the American record in the 100 back with a time of 50.57, swimming the lead-off leg of Cal's 400 medley relay.

The other members of the Bears 400 medley relay included junior breaststroker Staciana Stitts (59.68), senior butterflyer Alice Henriques (53.76) and sophomore freestyler Danielle Becks (48.54).

Another highlight for Cal was the 200 free relay placing fourth with a time of 1:30.13. Members of the 200 free relay included junior Michelle Harper (23.40), Coughlin (21.53), Becks (22.35) and Stitts (22.85).

The Bears will continue action at the 2002 NCAA Championships, Mar. 22 and 23 in Austin, TX.

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