Natalie Coughlin Shatters Second Consecutive Pac-10 Championships Record

Feb. 28, 2003

University of California junior Natalie Coughlin continued her record-breaking pace at the 2003 Pac-10 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, shattering the championship meet 100 butterfly record with a season-best time of 51.10. UCLA leads the meet with 848.5 points, hosted by the University of California at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Stanford is second in the point total through Saturday evening's finals with 797 points, while USC is in third place with 663 points. Cal remains in fourth place with 656 points and Arizona is fifth with 623 points. Arizona State stands in sixth place (486), Washington is in seventh (393.5), Oregon State is eighth (338) and Washington State is currently in ninth place (207).

'I thought we had a good morning, but we just weren't as sharp tonight,' Cal head coach Teri McKeever said. 'We will have to come back tomorrow and be prepared for another tough session.'

Stanford started Friday evening's scoring, with the squad of Amy Wagner, Tara Kirk, Dana Kirk and Sarah Jones winning the 200 medley relay in a Pac-10 Championship record and NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:38.80. California, last year's 200 medley relay champions, finished as the runner-up, as the team of Natalie Coughlin, Staciana Stitts, Natalie Griffith and Michelle Harper completed the race in a NCAA consideration time of 1:40.53. Arizona's relay team of Beth Botsford, Jessica Wagner, Lisa Pursley and Jenna Gresdal also posted a NCAA 'B' time, placing third in 1:40.92.

USC took a 1-2 finish in the 400 individual medley, as Kaitlin Sandeno won the event in 4:09.14. Teammate Michala Kwasny earned the runner-up finish, touching the wall second in 4:10.76. Stanford's Kristen Caverly rounded out the top three places, finishing third in 4:11.89. All three times were NCAA 'A' cuts.

For Cal in the 400 IM, freshman Kate Tiedeman finished eighth 4:22.81. Her preliminary time of 4:21.25 stands as her lifetime best. Sophomore Amy Ng won the consolation final, swimming a season-best time of 4:20.18. Fellow sophomore Jenna Rais finished third in the consolation final, swimming a lifetime best of 4:21.83. Ng and Rais' times met NCAA consideration standards.

Cal's Coughlin broke her second consecutive Pac-10 Championships record in the 100 fly in 51.10. Olympic gold medallist Misty Hyman, who swam it in 51.83 in 1999, held the previous record. Coughlin, a two-time NCAA Swimmer of the Year and a finalist for the 2003 AAU Sullivan Award, has now compiled six Pac-10 individual championships in her three years at Cal. In the race, the first six finishers each recorded NCAA automatic qualifying times. USC's Jana Krohn finished second in 52.97, while Stanford's Dana Kirk finished third in 53.32.

Freshman Whitney Rockwell was impressive in the consolation bracket of the 100 fly. She swam a season-best and NCAA 'B' cut with a time of 55.60. Freshman Flora Kong also notched a season-best and 'B' time in the 100 fly, finishing in 55.64.

Washington's Kim Harada was a force in the 200 free, winning the event and recording the only NCAA 'A' time (1:46.87) in the event. Arizona State's Petra Banovic turned in a runner-up finish, clocking in at 1:47.85. Arizona's Jessica Hayes finished third in 1:48.14. The Bears' Lauren Medina placed seventh with a time of 1:50.94, while Danielle Becks finished in 1:512.03 in the consolation final.

Stanford's Tara Kirk broke her own American, NCAA and Pac-10 record in the 100 breast touching the wall in a remarkable 58.41. Her previous record in that event was 58.68, recorded last year. ASU's Agnes Kovacs placed second with a 1:00.88 finish. Arizona's Jessica Wagner captured third place (1:01.94) after it was determined that Oregon State's Birte Steven disqualified. Cal senior Staciana Stitts placed fifth in 1:02.47. Stitts has already posted automatic qualifying times in the 100 and 200 breast this season. Rockwell (1:04.66), sophomores Erin Calder (1:07.04) and Gina Merlone (1:05.86) each swam season-bests in the event.

The 100 back was an impressive race as the top six finishers recorded NCAA automatic qualifying times. The Wildcats' Beth Botsford was the fastest in the field winning in 53.21. Stanford's Amy Wagner placed second with a time of 54.09, while Arizona's Jenna Gresdal posted a third-place finish in 54.67. Cal freshman Helen Silver swam her first 'A' time of the season in the 100 back, finishing fifth with a season-best time of 54.85. Sophomore Lisa Morelli also posted a season-best, finishing the race in 57.44.

The 2002 NCAA Diver of the Year, USC's Blythe Hartley won her second title of the championships capturing the three-meter competition with 606.20 points. Trojan teammate Nicci Fusaro placed second with 516.60 points, while Stanford's Ashlee Rosenthal placed third with 507.35 points.

USC continued its winning ways in the 800 freestyle relay, as the squad of Krohn, Margie Pedder, Kwasny and Sandeno won in 7:12.49. Arizona's relay team of Katie Willis, Jessica Hayes, Smith and Gresdal finished second with a time of 7:16.58 and ASU's team of Banovic, Szigeti, Sandra Steffensen and Kari Wilcox finished the top three scoring teams, completing the event in 7:17.96. Cal's team of freshman Ashley Chandler, Medina, Becks and freshman Cheryl Anne Bingaman placed seventh with a time of 7:29.02.

The men's diving championship is also held this weekend. In today's action, ASU captured the first and second places in the one-meter event as Joona Puhakka was victorious with a 385.75 point total. Sun Devil teammate, Thomas McCrummen finished second (314.85), while Cal senior Nic Bartolotta finished third with 289.85 points.

The 2003 Pac-10 Women's Swimming and Diving and Men's Diving Championships conclude tomorrow, Saturday, Mar 1. Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m. with the finals starting at 6 p.m. Races and dives for Saturday include the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, platform diving and 400 free relay.

Results are updated live on the Internet at the completion of each race. Go to for complete recaps and results.

Pac-10 Championships Results (Fri., Feb. 28)
Team Scores: 1. UCLA, 848.5, 2. Stanford, 797, 3. USC, 663, 4. Cal, 656, 5. Arizona, 623, 6. Arizona State, 486, 7. Washington, 393.5, 8. Oregon State, 338, 9. Washington State, 207.

200-yard Medley Relay-1. Stanford (1:38.80), 2. California (1:40.53), 3. Arizona (1:40.92), 4. USC (1:41.76), 5. UCLA (1:42.19), 6. Arizona State (1:42.51), 7. Oregon State (1:42.85), 8. Washington (1:42.96), 9. Washington State (1:44.27). 400-yard IM-1. Kaitlin Sandeno, USC (4:09.14), 2. Michala Kwasny, USC (4:10.76), 3. Kristen Caverly (4:11.89), 4. Brooke Winkler, UCLA (4:18.04), 5. Joy Galloway, USC (4:18.46), 6. Naya Higashijima, Oregon State (4:20.04), 7. Mari Embertson, Oregon State (4:21.21), 8. Kate Tiedeman, Cal (4:22.81). 100-yard Butterfly-1. Natalie Coughlin, Cal (51.10), 2. Jana Krohn, USC (52.97), 3. Dana Kirk, Stanford (53.32), 4. Kim Vandenberg, UCLA (53.49), 5. Lindsay Henahan, Washington State (54.05), 6. Kristen Lewis, UCLA (54.14), 7. Beth Botsford, Arizona (54.28), 8. Lacey Boutwell, Stanford (54.64). 200-yard Freestyle-1. Kim Harada, Washington (1:46.87), 2. Petra Banovic, Arizona State (1:47.85), 3. Jessica Hayes, Arizona (1:48.14), 4. Malin Svahnstrom, UCLA (1:48.56), 5. Florencia Szigeti, Arizona State (1:48.72), 6. Sharon Olson, Washington (1:49.55), 7. Lauren Medina, Cal (1:50.94), 8. Sara Platzer, UCLA (1:51.68). 100-yard Breaststroke-1. Tara Kirk, Stanford (58.41), 2. Agnes Kovacs, Arizona State (1:00.88), 3. Jessica Wagner, Arizona (1:01.94), 4. Erin Sieper, Arizona (1:02.29), 5. Staciana Stitts, Cal (1:02.47), 6. Kamren Miller, USC (1:20.60), 7. Kirsten Gilbert, Stanford (1:03.05), DQ Birte Steven, Oregon State. 100-yard Backstroke-1. Beth Botsford, Arizona (53.21), 2. Amy Wagner, Stanford (54.09), 3. Jenna Gresdal, Arizona (54.67), 4. Julie Manitte, Arizona (54.83), 5. Helen Silver, Cal (54.85), 6. Marshi Smith, Arizona (54.86), 7. Taylor Spivey, UCLA (55.64), 8. Sarah Jones, Stanford (55.65). One-Meter Diving-1. Blythe Hartley, USC (606.20), 2. Nicci Fusaro, USC (516.60), 3. Ashlee Rosenthal, Stanford (507.35), 4. McKenze Murphy, Stanford (488.75), 5. Regan Gosnell, UCLA (488.15), 6. Claire Febvay, Arizona (482.50), 7. Trisha Tumlinson, Arizona State (463.20), 8. Sara Bowling, Stanford (456.30). 800-yard Freestyle Relay- 1. USC (712.49), 2. Arizona (716.58), 3. Arizona State (717.96), 4. UCLA (718.08), 5. Washington (719.74), 6. Stanford (7:20.97), 7. Cal (7:29.02), 8. Oregon State (7:36.24), 9. Washington State (7:37.21).

NCAA Automatic Qualifying Times (Fri., Feb. 28)
200yard Medley Relay-Stanford (Wagner, Kirk, T., Kirk, D., Jones) 1:38.80.400-yard IM-Kaitlin Sandeno, USC (4:09.14), Michala Kwasny, USC (4:10.76), Kristen Caverly, STAN (4:11.89).100-yard Butterfly-Natalie Coughlin, CAL (51.10), Jana Krohn, USC (52.97), Dana Kirk, STAN (52.32), Kim Vandenberg, UCLA (53.49), Lindsay Henahan, WSU (54.05), Kristen Lewis, UCLA (54.14).200-yard Freestyle-Kim Harada, WASH (1:46.87).100-yard Breaststroke-Tara Kirk, STAN (58.41), Agnes Kovacs, ASU (1:00.88), Jessica Wagner, ARIZ (1:01.94), Birte Steven, OSU (1:01.71), Kamren Miller, USC (1:01.00).100-yard Backstroke-Beth Botsford, ARIZ (53.21), Amy Wagner, STAN (54.09), Helen Silver, CAL (54.57), Jenna Gresdal, ARIZ (54.67), Julie Manitt, ARIZ (54.83), Marshi Smith, ARIZ (54.86), Taylor Spivey (54.57), Sarah Jones, STAN (54.83).

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