Cal Defeats San Jose State, 162-125

Nov. 14, 2003

BERKELEY - Despite strong winds and heavy rain at times, the No. 9 California women's swimming team defeated San Jose State, 162-125, capturing 13 of 14 events Friday afternoon at Spieker Aquatics Complex in Berkeley, Calif.

'This was a good training meet to deal with some special swimming situations, such as the rain,' Cal head coach Teri McKeever said. 'It really gave us an opportunity to work on different mental challenges,' added assistant coach Whitney Hite.

The Golden Bears started the meet off strong, taking the first and second places in the 400 medley relay. Cal's squad of junior Amy Ng, seniors Danielle Becks and Natalie Coughlin and sophomore Helen Silver finished first in 3:56.20, while the Bears relay team of juniors Lisa Morelli, Keiko Amano, Marcelle Miller and Emma Palsson finished second in 3:56.69.

Sophomore Kate Tiedeman led the Bears with three individual wins. Tiedeman was victorious in the 1000 freestyle (10:06.19), 200 butterfly (2:06.15) and 400 individual medley (4:28.53). Coughlin also garnered multiple wins, placing first in the 200 free (1:51.43) and 100 backstroke (57.00).

Other winners for Cal included freshman Annie Babicz in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.47), junior Lauren Medina in the 50 free (24.53), Becks in the 100 free (52.17), Ng in the 200 back (2:05.80), senior Natalie Griffith in the 200 breast (2:21.76) and sophomore Ashley Chandler in the 500 free (4:57.18).

The Bears were impressive in all events, and took the first through third places in nine of the races. Cal swept the top three spots in the 200 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 50 free, 100 free, 200 back, 200 breast, 500 free and 400 IM. Cal swimmers that touched the wall in second place included Chandler in the 200 free (1:53.41), Morelli in the 100 back (59.59) and 400 IM (4:35.00), Griffith in the 100 breast (1:06.30), Ng in the 200 fly (2:07.96), Amano in the 50 free (24.56), sophomore Cheryl Anne Bingaman in the 100 free (53.54), freshman Nadia Staubitz in the 200 back (2:08.12), sophomore Erin Calder in the 200 breast (2:25.95) and senior Micha Burden in the 500 free (5:03.37).

For the Spartans, Lura Wilhelm won the 100 fly in 58.19.

On the diving side of the pool, Cal's Lila Korpell won the three-meter board with a score of 240.9, while teammate Alyson Borawski finished in third place (234.0). In one-meter event, Korpell finished third (223.5) and Borawski finished fourth (213.9).

The Bears return to Spieker Saturday for an early morning meet against the Fresno State Bulldogs. The meet, rain or shine, is scheduled for 10 a.m.

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