Former Cal Swimmer Haley Cope Continues to Shine in Russia

April 6, 2002

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - Former Cal swimmer, Haley Cope, the 2000 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year, has qualified first Saturday in the 50-meter backstroke at the Short Course World Championships in Moscow, Russia.

Cope, who competed for the Bears from 1998-01, is the top qualifier in the 50 back after swimming a time of 27.56, which was a new world championship record. She also qualified third in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 24.86. Cope will be competing in the finals of the 50 back and 50 free on Sunday.

Also on Saturday, Cope swam the anchor leg (54.21) on a United States 400 free relay team that placed fourth at the world championships. On Thursday, Cope had won the 100-meter back in a time of 59.01. This past summer, she was the world champion in the 50-meter back (28.51) at the Long Course World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

Current Cal junior Staciana Stitts placed eighth in the 100-meter breaststroke on Saturday with a time of 1:07.45.

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