No. 9 Cal vs. No. 7 Stanford in Season's Final Dual Meet

Feb. 11, 2003

The No. 9 California women's swimming and diving team (8-2, 4-1) closes out its regular dual meet season this weekend, with its annual meeting against Bay Area rival, No. 7 Stanford. The Golden Bears take on the Cardinal at 12 p.m. on Saturday at Spieker Aquatics Complex. This is Cal's final home meet, as well as final regular season dual meet of the year. Cal's famed straw-hat band will be in attendance and several prizes will be given away by raffle, courtesy of the women's swimming program.

Saturday marks the final time Staciana Stitts, Michelle Harper and Christina Flynn will compete at Spieker Aquatics Complex as Golden Bears. Senior Day will commemorate their careers and celebrate their accomplishments.

Last year, the Bears fell to the Cardinal, 140.5-159.5, at Stanford. Cal holds the better part of series records against every Pac-10 team, except Stanford. The Cardinal owns a 27-2 record when swimming against the Bears.

Cal pulled out a fantastic sweep over its L.A. opponents last weekend at Spieker Aquatics Complex in Berkeley. The Bears upset No. 4 USC by an impressive 167-133 score. The meet was smattered with records set and Cal's 400 medley relay team set the pace of the day, turning in a record-breaking 3:39.86 time. The medley crew of freshman Helen Silver, senior Staciana Stitts, junior Natalie Coughlin and junior Danielle Becks inked their names into the record books, setting the new Spieker pool record and Cal dual meet mark. Coughlin added another record-breaking swim, winning the 100 fly in 51.88, besting her previous pool and dual meet record of 52.36 set in 2001. Coughlin's time in the 100 fly marked her best time in that event all season. She also added wins in the 200 free (1:47.24) and 200 fly (1:56.04). Sophomore Marcelle Miller also etched her name into the Cal record books with her inspiring swim in the 200 breast. Posting a time of 2:16.81 with a third-place finish, Miller's mark stands as the sixth-best on Cal's all-time Top 10 list. Cal continued to roll the very next day, edging out UCLA with a 157.5-142.5 victory. The Bears came out pumped in front of its largest crowd all season and reeled off five victories in a row to start the meet. Both Coughlin and Stitts won three individual events apiece, and Silver (200 back), freshman Kate Tiedeman (1000 free) and sophomore Lauren Medina (200 free) also added wins to help bolster Cal's score. Nevertheless, the Bruins battled back and the Bears needed to win the final event to capture the meet. The quartet of Coughlin, Stitts, junior Natalie Griffith and senior Michelle Harper were happy to oblige and turned in the needed 200 free relay win to seal the victory for the Bears.

Stanford is ranked seventh in the country and has a 7-2 overall record, 3-1 in the Pac-10. Seven All-Americans dot the Cardinal's roster, led by American record holder, Tara Kirk. In her two season's on The Farm, Kirk is a seven-time NCAA champion, with three individual titles. Sophomore Lacey Boutwell is Stanford's top freestyler and freshman Kristen Caverly has done well in her debut season, posting the Cardinal's top times in the backstroke and IM events. She currently holds the country's third-best time in the 400 IM (4:11.76).

The Golden Bears play host to the 2003 Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championships, Feb. 27-Mar. 1 in Federal Way, Washington. Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State will compete in the annual league meet at the King County Aquatic Center. Preliminaries and finals results, along with complete recaps can be found each day at

Teri McKeever, the 2002 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, is in her 11th season as Cal's head women's swimming coach. Last fall, McKeever was the 2002 recipient of the American Swimming Coaches Association's Coach of the Year award. She has a 91-38 (.705) dual meet record with the Golden Bears and a 147-61 (.707) 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.

100 Free-Natalie Coughlin, 48.02 'A'; Danielle Becks, 50.48 'B'. 200 Free-Natalie Coughlin, 1:42.65 'A' (American/NCAA/U.S. Open/School record); Ashley Chandler, 1:49.36 'B'; Lauren Medina, 1:50.07 'B'; Danielle Becks, 1:50.21 'B'. 500 Free-Natalie Coughlin, 4:37.62 'A' (school record); Ashley Chandler, 4:50.87 'B'. 1650 Free-Ashley Chandler, 16:29.15 'B'; Kate Tiedeman, 16:43.75 'B'. 100 Back-Natalie Coughlin, 52.22 'A'; Helen Silver, 55.79 'B'. 200 Back-Natalie Coughlin, 1:57.38 'A'; Helen Silver, 1:58.25 'B'. 100 Breast-Staciana Stitts, 1:00.80 'A'. 200 Breast-Staciana Stitts, 2:13.52 'A'; Marcelle Miller, 2:16.81 'B'. 100 Fly-Natalie Coughlin, 51.88 'A'. 200 Fly-Natalie Coughlin, 1:51.91 'A' (American/NCAA/US Open/school record); Flora Kong, 2:01.99 'B'; Lisa Morelli, 2:02.39 'B'. 200 IM-Natalie Coughlin, 2:00.62 'A'; Staciana Stitts, 2:02.65 'B'; Natalie Griffith, 2:03.63 'B'; Amy Ng, 2:04.08 'B'. 400 IM-Natalie Coughlin, 4:11.76 'A'; Natalie Griffith, 4;19.31 'B'; Amy Ng, 4:21.81 'B'. 200 Medley Relay-(Silver, Stitts, Coughlin, Harper), 1:40.82 'B'. 400 Medley Relay-(Silver, Stitts, Coughlin, Becks), 3:39.22 'B'. 200 Free Relay-(Becks, Coughlin, Rockwell, Harper), 1:31.48 'B'. 400 Free Relay-(Coughlin, Becks, Stitts, Bingaman), 3:19.27 'A'. 800 Free Relay-(Chandler, Coughlin, Becks, Medina), 7:13.52 'B'.

Lists of the nation's top times are splashed with the names of Golden Bears. The following are Cal swimmers that are listed on the Feb. 5 national Top 75 lists. Additionally, Cal's relays are among the best in the nation as the 800 free relay team is ranked No. 1, the 200 and 400 medley relays and 400 free relay are No. 2 and the 200 free relay has turned in the fourth-best time in the nation this year.

Natalie Coughlin-50 free (21st, 23.26), 100 free (1st, 48.02), 200 free (1st, 1:42.65), 500 free (1st, 4:37.62), 1000 free (16th, 9:55.25), 100 back (1st, 52.22), 200 back (6th, 1:57.38), 100 fly (1st, 51.88), 200 fly (1st, 1:51.91), 200 IM (10th, 2:00.62), 400 IM (4th, 4:11.76); Ashley Chandler-200 free (29th, 1:49.36), 500 free (36th, 4:50.87), 1000 free (27th, 9:58.72), 1650 free (18th, 16:29.15); Amy Ng-200 back (t75th, 2:02.97), 200 IM (54th, 2:04.08), 400 IM (43rd, 4:21.83); Staciana Stitts-100 breast (4th, 1:00.80), 200 breast (7th, 2:13.52), 200 IM (20th, 2:02.65); Danielle Becks-50 free (33rd, 23.38), 100 free (25th, 50.48); Natalie Griffith-200 IM (43rd, 2:03.63), 400 IM (22nd, 4:19.31); Whitney Rockwell-50 free (31st, 23.36), 100 fly (62nd, 56.16); Helen Silver-100 back (27th, 55.79), 200 back (11th, 1:58.25); Kate Tiedeman-1000 free (38th, 10:02.53), 1650 free (33rd, 16:43.75); Michelle Harper-50 free (72nd, 23.67); Flora Kong-200 fly (46th, 2:01.99); Lauren Medina-200 free (59th, 1:50.07); Marcelle Miller-200 breast (29th, 2:16.81); Lisa Morelli-200 fly (57th, 2:02.39).

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