Cal Defeats Fresno State, 166-100

Nov. 15, 2003

BERKELEY - For the second consecutive day, the No. 9 California women's swimming team battled the cold and damp weather to claim a 166-100 victory over Fresno State at the Spieker Aquatics Complex in Berkeley Saturday mornning. With the win, the Golden Bears are now a perfect 4-0 in dual meets this season.

Despite the less-than-stellar swimming conditions, several Bears swam impressive races. Senior Natalie Coughlin led the Bears with three wins, as she touched the wall first in the 100 freestyle (51.86), 200 backstroke (2:02.90) and 100 butterfly (54.56). Two other Cal swimmers-senior Danielle Becks and junior Marcelle Miller-also recorded a multiple-win meet. Becks won both the 50 (24.09) and 200 free (1:52.44), while Miller was victorious in the 1000 free (10:28.35) and 100 breaststroke (1:06.67).

Coughlin and Becks were also part of Cal's winning 200 medley relay team, which also included freshman Annie Babicz and junior Lauren Medina (1:48.99). The Bears also won the 200 free relay, as Cal's team of sophomore Cheryl Anne Bingaman, juniors Emma Palsson and Jenna Rais and sophomore Ashley Chandler, turned in a first-place finish in 1:40.35.

Other individual winners for the Bears included freshman Nadia Staubitz in the 100 back (59.78), Chandler in the 200 fly (2:07.05), Babicz in the 200 breast (2:23.42), sophomore Kate Tiedeman in the 500 free (4:56.03) and senior Natalie Griffith in the 200 individual medley (2:04.81).

Cal's swimmers turned in solid performances all around, as the Bears claimed the first through third places in 12 of 16 events. Some of the notable runner-up finishes included Griffith in the 100 back (1:00.60) and 100 free (52.69), junior Amy Ng in the 200 free (1:54.12) and 200 IM (2:09.57) and freshman Erin Reilly who demonstrated her strength in the freestyle event by placing second in both the 50 (24.79) and 500 free (4:58.35). Other second-place finishers included Burden in the 1000 free (10:31.46), Rais in the 100 breast (1:10.50), junior Lisa Morelli in the 200 fly (2:08.20), Tiedeman in the 200 back (2:12.46), Palsson in the 200 breast (2:32.27) and Babicz in the 100 fly (57.95).

The Bears also won both diving events, as junior Alyson Borawski was victorious on the three-meter board (218.55), while freshman Amanda Schneider won the one-meter (220.5). Borawski also placed second in the one-meter (215.7), while Fresno State's Lindsay Taunton placed second in the three-meter (196.5).

Cal does not have another meet until December, when the Bears travel to Princeton, New Jersey for the Princeton University Invitational, Dec. 5-7.

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