Cal Women's Swimming Signs Four to Letters of Intent

May 1, 2002

BERKELEY, CA - The University of California women's swimming program has signed four athletes to National Letters of Intent, it was announced today by Golden Bear head coach Teri McKeever. Joining Cal next fall will be Ashley Chandler, Flora Kong, Helen Silver and Kate Tiedeman.

Chandler is an outstanding middle distance freestyler from Chandler High School in Chandler, Ariz. Also talented in the individual medley, butterfly and breaststroke events, Chandler was a member of the 2001 U.S. World Championship and Goodwill Games teams. She has bests of 1:49.08 in the 200 free, 4:45.16 in the 500 free, 16:34.30 in the 1650 free and 2:01.40 in the 200 fly.

Kong is a native of Hong Kong and will be graduating from Irvine High School in Irvine, Calif. this June. Kong, a butterfly and freestyle specialist, competed for Hong Kong at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and most recently at the Short Course World Championships in Moscow, Russia. She is the Hong Kong national record holder in the butterfly events, and has bests of 55.30 in the 100 fly and 2:01.00 in the 200 fly.

Silver is from Bainbridge, Wash. were she attends Bainbridge High School. Silver is a backstroke specialist and most recently finaled at the 2002 Spring USS Nationals in the 100 and 200 back. In long course meters she has bests of 1:04.00 in the 100 back and 2:18.20 in the 200 back.

Tiedeman resides in Burlingame, Calif., attends Burlingame High School and is a member of the Palo Alto Swim Club. A national caliber distance freestyler and IMer, Tiedeman has bests of 4:21.25 in the 400 IM, 10:06.00 in the 1000 free and 16:43.04 in the 1650 free.

Chandler, Kong, Silver and Tiedeman will be joining Cal's fall signees Whitney Rockwell (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), Cheryl Ann Bingaman (Lodi, Calif.) and Gina Merlone (Menlo, Calif.) as the Bear's freshman class next season.

'This is a very talented group of swimmers,' said McKeever, who was recently named the 2002 Pac-10 Coach of the Year. 'They should be able to make an immediate impact to our program.'

The Cal women's swim team would also like to announce the winners of the 2001-02 team awards that were presented at the Awards Banquet held April 21 at the Holiday Inn in Emeryville. The Scholastic Award winner was senior Alice Henriques. The Scholastic award recognizes the student-athlete with the highest GPA combining Spring of '01 and the Fall semester of '01. Henriques is majoring in economics and won the award with a 3.87 GPA. The Most Improved Award was presented to sophomore Danielle Becks, the Golden Bear Award went to junior Staciana Stitts for the third year in a row and the Most Outstanding Award was presented to sophomore Natalie Coughlin. Sophomore Kyoko Yochouchi was the recipient of the Coaches Award.

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