Bears off to Canada for Colleges' Cup

Oct. 28, 2003

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Date: Friday-Saturday, October 31-November 1, 2003
Place: UBC Aquatic Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia
Time: 5 p.m./2:30 p.m.

Led by the recently crowned Women's Sports Foundation's 2003 Sportswoman of the Year, Natalie Coughlin, the California women's swimming team (2-0) heads to Canada to compete at the 2003 Colleges' Cup, hosted by the University of British Columbia. The meet takes place Friday-Saturday, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, with the events beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The Colleges' Cup meet will be competed in short course meters. The schedule for the Colleges' Cup on Friday is as follows: 200m medley relay, 200m fly, 50m free, 200m IM, 200m free, 100m breast, 100m back, 800m free, 400m free relay. Saturday's schedule is as follows: 400m medley relay, 400m free, 100m fly, 200m back, 100m free, 200m breast, 400m IM and 200m free relay.

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Cal will be the only American team in attendance at the Colleges' Cup. Other teams slated to compete include the UBC Thunderbirds (varsity and club teams), University of Calgary (varsity and club teams), University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University. In Cal's series history, the Bears last faced Calgary in 1982, but haven't competed against any of the other teams.

Natalie Coughlin, a three-time NCAA and Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year, is looking to win both honors for the fourth consecutive time. Her most recent achievement came on Oct. 20 when she was named the Women's Sports Foundation's 2003 Sportswoman of the Year. The award recognized individual and team sport athletes for their achievements from August 2002 through July 2003, and was presented at the Foundation's 24th Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. Last season, Coughlin dominated her sport like no other swimmer, breaking three world, seven American and three NCAA records. Her outstanding performances and achievements consistently generated significant recognition, as she was named the 2002 World Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World in December and was one of five finalists for the 73rd Annual AAU James E. Sullivan Memorial Award given to the nation's top amateur athlete for the second consecutive year. In three seasons at Cal, Coughlin has nine NCAA titles and a perfect Pac-10 dual meet race record of 43-0. She has broken a total of six world records, 34 American records and holds 11 Cal school records.

The Golden Bears' last competition was two weeks ago, when they defeated Washington State, 170.5-86.5, in their first home meet of the season. Cal won all 14 events, and swept the first through third places in eight events. Freshman Erin Reilly was impressive as she led the Bears with three individual wins and also helped the Bears' 200-meter freestyle relay to a victory, in her Berkeley debut. Reilly won the 800m free (8:44.10), 200m butterfly (2:15.81) and 400m free (4:16.59). Senior Danielle Becks also performed well against the Cougars. Becks captured both the 50 (26.49) and 100m free (57.53) events. Becks also touched the wall in second-place in the 200m free (2:04.44) race. Other Bears that garnered wins on the day included junior Lauren Medina in the 200m free (2:02.48), freshman Nadia Staubitz in the 100m backstroke (1:05.74), freshman Annie Babicz in the 100m breaststroke (1:11.09), sophomore Helen Silver in the 200m back (2:17.73), junior Marcelle Miller in the 200 breast (2:34.95), senior Natalie Griffith in the 100m butterfly (1:03.03) and freshman Kate Tiedeman in the 400m individual medley (4:51.67). Cal also won both of the day's relays, as the team of Silver, Griffith, Babicz and senior Micha Burden won the 400m medley relay (4:35.15), while Reilly, sophomore Ashley Chandler, Babicz and Medina won the 200m free relay (1:49.13). In eight of the day's events-the 400m medley relay, 800m free, 200m fly, 50m free, 200m back, 400m free, 100m fly and 200m free relay-the Bears finished in the first through third places.

The Bears feature five first-year collegiate swimmers this season. Annie Babicz, from Sarasota, Fla., is a versatile swimmer who will contribute in the breast, fly and IM events. Babicz was nationally ranked No. 1 in the 100 breast during her 2001 high school season, was a member of the 2002 U.S. National Junior team and competed at the 2000 Olympic trials. She also was a four-time Florida state champion in the 100 breast and three-time champion in the 100 fly. Catherine O'Neal, from Austin, Tex., will also contribute in the breaststroke events. Erin Reilly is a distance freestyler/butterflier from Sacramento, Calif. An 11-time high school All-American in the 200 and 500 free, 100 fly and 200 and 400 free relay events, Reilly was also the Sac-Joaquin section record holder in the 100 fly and 200 free. Cal also added two backstrokers to its roster this season with Kelly Sanders (Los Altos Hills, CA) and Nadia Staubitz (Mesa, AZ). Staubitz, who is also a prolific butterflier, was the 2002 Arizona state high school champion in the 100 and 200 back.

2002-03 RECAP
Cal claimed eighth place at the 2003 NCAA Championships with 215 points. Natalie Coughlin led the Bears with her third consecutive titles in the 100 and 200 back and 100 fly. She earned her third NCAA Swimmer of the Year honor and became the first swimmer in NCAA history to win three titles in the 100/200 back and 100 fly. She also broke the NCAA and American record in the 100 free (47.00), leading off the Bears' 400 free relay. At the NCAAs, three Cal school records fell. Staciana Stitts rewrote her school record in the 100 breast with a time of 1:00.30, while the 200 (1:30.03) and 400 free relays (3:16.21) also set new school records. At the 2003 Pac-10 Championships, the Bears placed fifth (940.5 points). Cal hosted the conference meet in Federal Way, Wash., where Coughlin came away from the meet with three individual victories. She broke her own American record in the 100 free (47.42) and posted two other championship meet records in the 50 free (22.05) and 100 fly (51.01). She also swam the second leg on Cal's victorious 200 free relay team (1:31.01), helping Cal to its fifth-consecutive 200 free relay championship title. Other Bears who posted top five finishes included Helen Silver's runner-up finish in the 200 back (1:58.08) and fifth-place showing in the 100 back (54.85). Stitts also posted a fifth-place finish in the 100 breast (1:02.47). In addition to Cal's win in the 200 free relay, the Bears' other relays teams were impressive. The Bears' 200 free relay and 200 and 400 medley relays each finished second. In the regular season, Cal was 8-3 overall and 4-2 against Pac-10 opponents.

Cal boasts seven All-America swimmers on the 2003-04 squad. They include seniors Natalie Coughlin (21x), Danielle Becks (8x), Natalie Griffth (2x) and Micha Burden, junior Lauren Medina and sophomore Cheryl Anne Bingaman.


HEAD COACH Teri McKeever
In just 11 years of leading the Golden Bears, Teri McKeever has set the Cal women's swimming program apart as one of the most elite in the nation. During that time, McKeever has compiled an impressive 93-40 dual meet record (.699). With 16 years experience as a head coach, McKeever boasts a 147-62 overall record, good for a .703 winning percentage record (five years as women's head coach at Fresno State). Nine out of the 11 years she has coached in Berkeley, the Bears have encompassed winning seasons. And, in the last seven seasons, McKeever has led Cal to Top 10 national finishes every year, including an eighth place showing at the 2003 NCAA Championships. In addition to her schedule of coaching the Bears, McKeever served as an assistant women's coach of the U.S. National Team at the 2003 FINA World Championships and at the 2003 Mutual of Omaha U.S. vs. Australia 'Duel in the Pool'.

Whitney Hite was named the new assistant coach for Cal's women's swimming program on May 28, 2003. Hite comes to Berkeley after serving as an assistant coach with the University of Georgia's swimming staff for the past five years. With the Bulldogs, he helped Georgia's women's team to three straight national championships, 1999-2001. In 2002 and 2003, the Georgia women posted consecutive runner-up finishes. A four-year member of the men's swimming team at the University of Texas, Hite swam sprint freestyle for the Longhorns and graduated with a B.S. in sports management from Texas in 1997 and earned his master's degree in education from Georgia in 2001.

Tutoring both Cal's men and women divers for the 20th consecutive year is Phil Tonne, a former All-American diver at San Diego State. In 1991, Melissa Graviss became the first Cal diver to qualify for the NCAA Championship meet, earning All-American honors on the three-meter board. Graviss also qualified for the NCAAs in both the one and three-meter competition in 1992. Prior to coming to Cal in 1984, Tonne served in the same capacity at San Diego State from 1979 to 1984. Other coaching stints included a four-year stay at Palomar Junior College and Diablo Valley College in Concord. He currently also coaches a U.S. Diving Club Team in Walnut Creek, CA.

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