No. 8 Cal (6-0) Takes on Hollywood
Jan. 27, 2004
PICTURE PERFECTThe Golden Bears travel to Los Angeles this weekend, seeking to remain undefeated. With a perfect 6-0 record in tow, the Cal women's swimming team visits No. 7 USC as an underdog Friday. Saturday they cross town to Westwood to face off against No. 10 UCLA.
CAL VS. OPPONENTSLook for the revenge factor this weekend. Historically, the Golden Bears hold a slight edge over both opponents. Cal is 12-10 all-time against UCLA, beating them in their last meeting, 157.5-142.5. Cal also holds a two-meet lead over USC all-time, 13-11, with Cal winning the last meet 167-133.
SCOUTING THE TROJANSUSC is ranked No. 7 in the most recent College Swimming Coaches' Association of America poll, released Jan. 15, 2004. The Trojans look to bounce back from their recent loss to the top-ranked Auburn Tigers, 222-116, in a two-day meet, Jan. 17-18. For more information, visit visit www.usctrojans.com.
SCOUTING THE BRUINSThe defending Pac-10 Champions, the No. 10 Bruins return six-All Americans from last year. The Bruins also feature talented young players: in their last action, the Bruins defeated UC San Diego 154-102, led by three-event winner and true freshman Jane Imagane. For more information, visit www.uclabruins.com.
LAST COMPETITIONCal beat No. 6 Arizona 152-148 in a heart-stopper last Friday. With one race left in the meet - the 400 free relay - Cal had 139 points to Arizona's 144. With a second and third place finish in the relay, Arizona would have tied with Cal at 150 points each in the meet. However, Cal pulled it out with a first-place finish by its 'A' team (seniors Natalie Coughlin, Danielle Becks, and Micha Burden and junior Lauren Medina) at 3:44.42 and a third-place finish by its B team (sophomore Ashley Chandler, freshman Erin Reilly, junior Emma Palsson, and junior Keiko Amano). In her final home meet as a Golden Bear, Coughlin posted three wins, as she touched the wall first in the 50 freestyle (25.72), 100 freestyle (55.52), and 100 butterfly (1:00.05). Other individual winners for the Bears included Reilly in the 800 freestyle (8:32.70), Medina in the 200 freestyle (1:59.89), sophomore Helen Silver in the 100 back (1:09.04), and Chandler in the 400 free (4:11.48).Cal defeated No. 16 Arizona State 185-110, Saturday Jan. 24. In her final appearance in Berkeley as a Golden Bear, Coughlin won the three individual events she participated in. She took the 100 back (1:01.54), the 100 free (55.07), and the 200 IM (2:18.75). In addition, the relay team she competed on finished first with Cal's all-senior A team (Becks, Natalie Griffith, Burden, and Coughlin) finishing the 400 free relay in 3:46.87. Cal also won the 200 IM relay. Other individual event winners included Griffith, a senior co-captain, who finished first in the the 100 butterfly (1:02.69) and 200 butterfly (2:16.26), sophomore Kate Tiedeman in the 800 free (8:47.33), Silver in the 200 backstroke (2:14.48), and Chandler in the 200 freestyle (2:00.56) and the 400 free (4:11.71).