No. 9 Cal Hosts Southern California Rivals

Jan. 27, 2003

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BEARS' PAC-10 DUELS DEBUT AT HOME THIS WEEKThe No. 9 California women's swimming and diving team (6-2, 2-1), lead by Sullivan Award semifinalist Natalie Coughlin, returns home after opening its Pac-10 slate on the road last week. The Golden Bears host their Southern California rivals Friday, Jan. 31 taking on the Trojans at 1 p.m. Cal concludes the weekend competition Saturday, Feb. 1 against UCLA at 12 p.m.

CAL'S HISTORY VERSUS THE SoCAL SCHOOLSLast year, Cal defeated both USC (165-135) and UCLA (159.5-140.5) in Los Angeles. The Bears' all-time series between both USC and UCLA are tight, as Cal holds just a one win lead over both (12-11 vs. USC; 11-10 vs. UCLA).


at Arizona State
Cal split its first weekend of Pac-10 meets against Arizona State and Arizona. The Bears beat the Sun Devils by a score of 166-131, led by Coughlin's three wins. Freshman Helen Silver added two victories. Coughlin won the 100 free (49.29) and 200 free (1:47.88) and set Cal's fastest time of the season in the 200 IM (2:00.62). Silver swept the backstroke events, placing first in the 100 with a time of 56.58 and the 200 in 2:01.10. Senior Staciana Stitts was also impressive at ASU, posting Cal's best mark of the season in her 100 breast win (1:01.27).

at Arizona
The Bears did not fare as well in Tucson, Ariz. falling to the Wildcats, 107-136. Coughlin, Stitts and senior Michelle Harper's victories were bright spots for Cal and several other Bears posted runner-up finishes.

The Bears had a fantastic fall, winning five dual meets with a lone loss to then-No. 2 Georgia on the road. Cal also won the Pacific Invitational and was runner-up at both the SMU Classic and Auburn Invitational. The Bears posted either NCAA automatic or consideration qualifying times in each swimming event. Freshmen swimmers did well in the fall as Ashley Chandler (dist. free), Whitney Rockwell (free), Kate Tiedeman (dist. free), Helen Silver (back) and Flora Kong (fly) each registered NCAA consideration times in their events.


USC is ranked fifth in the country and has compiled a 5-1 overall dual meet record. The Trojans are 2-0 in conference meets with wins over Arizona and Arizona State. USC's last meet was two weeks ago, a 172.5-89.5 victory versus Pacific. Sophomore Kaitlin Sandeno leads Troy with the second-best time in the nation in the 200 fly (1:56.00) and third-best times in the 400 IM (4:101.06) and 500 free (4:39.94).

UCLA is ranked at No. 13 in the most recent CSCAA poll. The Bruins at 5-1, are 2-1 in Pac-10 competition with wins against Arizona State and Oregon State and a loss to Arizona. UCLA boasts four swimmers with NCAA automatic qualifying marks, while eight others have posted NCAA provisional qualifying times.

Teri McKeever, the 2002 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, is in her 11th season as Cal's head women's swimming coach. McKeever was the 2002 recipient of the American Swimming Coaches Association's Coach of the Year award. She has an 89-38 (.701) dual meet record with the Golden Bears and a 143-60 (.704) overall record (five years as women's head coach at Fresno State). In the last six seasons, McKeever has led Cal to Top 10 national finishes every year, including an eighth place showing at the 2002 NCAA Championships.

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