Cal Stands in Second Place at Auburn Inviational

Dec. 5, 2002

Auburn, Ala.- - The No. 9 University of California's women's swimming team (5-1) won two events in the first night of competition at the Auburn Invitational, held in Auburn, Ala. Bolstered by junior Natalie Coughlin's win in the 500-yard freestyle, the Golden Bears stand in second place with 208 points. Top-ranked Auburn leads the invitational with 310 points, while No. 22 South Carolina is in third place with 206 points and No. 11 Virginia is fourth with 184 points.

Coughlin won the 500 free touching the wall in a time of 4:37.62, the fastest time in the nation by seven seconds. Coughlin was also part of Cal's victorious 400 medley relay team. The relay squad of freshman Helen Silver, Coughlin, senior Staciana Stitts and junior Danielle Becks won the event with an NCAA consideration time of 3:39.22.

Several Bears swam impressive races as freshmen Ashley Chandler and Whitney Rockwell, sophomore Amy Ng, junior Natalie Griffith and senior Staciana Stitts all posted NCAA consideration times. Chandler won the 500 free bonus final with an NCAA 'B' qualifying time of 4:50.87, while Griffith placed fifth in the 200 IM with a time of 2:03.63. Ng and Stitts both won 200 IM bonus finals, as Ng posted a time of 2:04.08 while Stitts finished in 2:04.17. Rockwell won the 50 free bonus final with a time of 23.36.

The Auburn Invitational continues through Saturday, Dec. 7. Friday's schedule begins with prelims at 10 a.m. CT, and the finals begin at 6 p.m. CT. For complete results, visit

Auburn Invitational Cal Results (Dec. 5)

200-yard freestyle relay - 2. Cal (Becks, Coughlin, Rockwell, Harper) 1:31.48, 6. Cal (Stitts, Palsson, Kong, Bingaman) 1:35.44 500-yard freestyle - 1. Natalie Coughlin, Cal 4:37.62, 9. Ashley Chandler, Cal 4:52.91, 13, Kate Tiedeman, Cal 4:54.70, 18. Lauren Medina, Cal 4:57.09, 19. Lisa Morelli, Cal 5:03.88, 20. Marcelle Miller, Cal 5:06.01 200-yard IM - 5. Natalie Griffith, Cal 2:03.63, 9. Amy Ng, Cal 2:04.08, 17. Staciana Stitts, Cal 2:04.17, 18. Helen Silver, Cal 2:04.82, 20. Jenna Rais, Cal 2:07.86 50-yard freestyle - 8. Michelle Harper, Cal 23.65, 9. Whitney Rockwell, Cal 23.36, 11. Danielle Becks, Cal 23.74, 13. Cheryl Anne Bingaman, Cal 23.85, 17. Emma Palsson, Cal 24.13, 22. Flora Kong, Cal 24.70 400-yard medley relay - 1. Cal (Silver, Stitts, Coughlin, Becks) 3:39.22, 8. Cal (Ng, Calder, Kong, Harper) 3:54.52.

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