Golden Bears Host Florida State
Oct. 19, 2004
Date Friday, Oct. 22, 2004Place Spieker Aquatics Complex, BerkeleyTime 12 noon
The Golden Bears stage their 2004-05 home opener this Friday when the Florida State Seminoles come to Berkeley. Both teams are unbeaten currently, but only one will remain undefeated Friday afternoon.
Although Cal is without the incomparable Natalie Coughlin for the first time in four years, as well as fellow 2004 All-Americans Danielle Becks, Micha Burden, and Natalie Griffith - the Bears have showcased plenty of young talent as they have come out of the gate, 2-0. In addition, Cal returns seven 2004 All-Americans: sophomores Annie Babicz and Erin Reilly, juniors Ashley Chandler and Helen Silver, seniors Keiko Amano, Lauren Medina, and Emma Palsson. Further, the Bears return three of the four members of the national championship 800-meter free relay squad (Reilly, Chandler, and Medina).
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CAL VS. OPPONENT
Friday marks the first-ever meet between California and Florida State, a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). At NCAA Championships last year, Cal seized sixth place while the Seminoles finished 17th.
SCOUTING THE SEMINOLES
The Seminoles are 4-0 to start the season with wins over Clemson, Florida A & M, Tulane and North Florida. While Florida State has lost ACC Swimmer of the Year Emma Dutton, the team returns two All-Americans from last year's team, senior captains Emily Breen (Savannah, Ga.) and Lisa How (Preston, England) . Breen placed second in both the 100 backstroke and 100 free at the ACC Championships, while How took third in the 200 butterfly. On the diving board, senior Courtney McClow (Jacksonville, Fla.) is looking for her second ACC title after winning the one-meter as a freshman. Sophomore Brittany Lerew (Orlando, Fla.) placed second on the three-meter board at last year's meet.
The Cal women's swimming team won its season-opener Oct. 1 over Washington, 141-116, at Husky Pool. The Golden Bears won 11 of 14 events. Cal had eight different swimmers win individual events, led by double-event winner and true freshman Emily Silver. Silver won the 50 (23.89) and 100 freestyle (51.66) in back-to-back races. Her sister, junior Helen Silver, was a double event winner as well, touching the wall first in the 100 backstroke (56.60) and the 200 backstroke (2:01.98). The newest Golden Bears produced in the first meet of the season as freshmen Genevieve Patterson (100 breast, 1:03.12) and Rachel Ridgeway (200 fly, 2:03.20) joined Silver as event winners. Cal's other event winners were senior Lauren Medina in the 200 freestyle (1:49.73), junior Kate Tiedeman in the 1000 freestyle (10:08.93), and sophomores Erin Reilly in the 500 freestyle (4:58.81) and Annie Babicz in the 100 butterfly (57.48).
Cal dominated the University of British Columbia Oct. 2, beating the Thunderbirds 128-17. As in the season-opening win over Washington, the 2-0 Golden Bears spread the glory with seven different event winners. Bears finished first in every individual event and all three relay races. Cal was led by double-event winners Helen Silver and Reilly. Reilly won the 400-meter freestyle in 4:19.43 and the 200-meter freestyle in 2:04.48. Silver won the 100-meter backstroke with a 1:03.04 mark and the 200-meter backstroke at 2:15.11. The team's newcomers produced immediately with sophomore transfer Sherry Tsai winning the 200-meter IM (2:19.12) and freshmen Emily Silver winning the 50-meter freestyle (26.70) and Patterson the 100-meter breaststroke (1:11.51).
HEAD COACH Teri McKeever Teri McKeever enters her 13th year at the helm of the University of California women's swimming program after making history this past summer as the first woman ever to be named a coach of a U.S. Olympic swimming team. As an assistant coach of the U.S. swim team in Athens, McKeever helped guide Cal alum Natalie Coughlin to five medals, including two gold, and the entire U.S. swimming team to 28 medals, including 12 gold. Under her direction, Cal women's swimming program has become one of the most elite in the nation. In her 12th year at the helm of the Cal women's swimming program, McKeever led the 2003-04 Golden Bears to a sixth-place national finish and a 9-0 dual meet season. Her teams have finished in the Top 10 nationally for the last eight years in a row. McKeever has amassed an impressive 102-40 dual meet record (.718) and 10 out of the 12 years she has coached in Berkeley, the Bears have encompassed winning seasons. McKeever was an All-American at USC and received her B.S. in Education and Master's in Athletic Administration from Southern California.
ASSISTANT COACH Whitney Hite
Whitney Hite enters his second-year as an assistant coach at Cal. In his first season with the Golden Bears in 2003-04, Cal posted an undefeated dual meet record and beat Stanford for the first time since 1978. The Denver native came to Berkeley after serving as an assistant coach with the University of Georgia's swimming staff for five years. With the Bulldogs, he helped Georgia's women's team to three straight national championships, 1999-2001. Hite swam sprint freestyle for the Longhorns and graduated with a B.S. in sports management from Texas in the spring of 1997. He earned his master's degree in education from Georgia in 2001.
DIVING COACH RON KONTURA
Ron Kontura was hired August 10, 2004, to take Cal's diving program to the world-class level. Kontura brings a decade of elite club and collegiate experience to Berkeley. Kontura was both the diving coach and director of business operations of Nadadores Diving in Mission Viejo, Calif., from 2002-2003. Kontura earned his Master's in Business Administration from Illinois State University in 1999 and his Bachelor's in Business Administration from Ohio University in 1991.
The 2004 Olympics were not only red, white, blue, but also blue and gold as the Golden Bears participated as both coaches and athletes at the Games. The Cal contingent was headed by head coach Teri McKeever who made history as the first woman to ever serve as a coach on the U.S. Olympic swim team staff. McKeever was joined by former Cal stars Natalie Coughlin and Haley Cope. Coughlin, who competed as a senior for Cal last season in 2003-04, won five medals, tying a record for medals won at a single games by an American woman in any sport. Coughlin won gold in both the 100-meter backstroke and the 800-meter freestyle relay, silver in the 400-meter medley and 400-meter freestyle relays, and bronze in the 100-meter freestyle. Cope won a silver medal for her role in the preliminaries of the 400-meter medley relay. In addition, new sophomore transfer Sherry Tsai represented Hong Kong at the Games. It was Tsai's second trip to the Olympics, having represented her homeland in Sydney at the 2000 Olympics.
Cal features five newcomers who competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials and one new Olympian. Sophomore transfer Sherry Tsai represented her native Hong Kong at the 2004 Athens Games and the 2000 Sydney Games. Tsai comes to Berkeley from Orange Coast College, a junior college in Costa Mesa, Calif. Freshman Jessica Cotton of Stockton, Calif. finished 47th in the 800-meter freestyle (9:10.19) at the U.S. Olympic Trials. She was joined in Long Beach by Oregonian Genevieve Patterson, who claimed 26th in the 100-meter breast (1:12.33) and freshman Leann Toomey of Sammamish, Washington who finished 70th in the 100-meter fly (1:04.31). Another Pacific Northwest freshman, Emily Silver, sister of junior Helen Silver competed in two events at the Trials, seizing 15th in the 50-meter free (26.09) and 30th in the 100-meter free (57.28).
Cal claimed sixth place at the 2004 NCAA Championships (235.5 points). The Top 10 finish was highlighted by a national title in the 800-meter freestyle relay and two individual national titles in the 100-meter backstroke and 100-meter butterfly, both won by Natalie Coughlin. Coughlin led off on the 800-meter freestyle national championship squad, followed by Erin Reilly, Ashley Chandler, and Lauren Medina (7:50.94). Cal sent 15 athletes to the NCAA Championships, its most ever, and 11 of them earned All-American honors.
Cal finished fourth at the Pac-10 Championships held in Long Beach, CA, Feb. 25-28 as a team, but claimed several Pac-10 titles. Cal's 1,117.5 points were close behind third-place Arizona (1,221.5), second-place UCLA (1,329) and first-place Stanford (1,380), demonstrating the parity in the upper echelon of the conference. Cal was over 250 points ahead of its next competitor, fifth-place Arizona State, which finished with 863 points. Coughlin won three individual Pac-10 titles, in the 200 IM, 100 backstroke, and 100 freestyle. Coughlin set a school and conference record with her 1:54.95 time, the second-fastest 200 IM in NCAA history. In the relays, Cal's 800 freestyle relay team (Reilly, Chandler, then-senior Micha Burden, and Medina) set a new school and Pac-10 record in the event. The Golden Bears had not won the Pac-10 800 relay title since 1988. The 400 freestyle relay team also took home a Pac-10 title, as Coughlin, then-senior Danielle Becks, Burden, and Medina teamed up to finish the event in 3:18.25.
Cal finished the 2003-04 season undefeated, 9-0 in dual meets. The ninth win required an upset of rival Stanford for the first time since 1978. Up to the challenge, the Golden Bears won a thrilling meet, 151-149 at Stanford's Avery Aquatics Center. It was only the third time Cal ever beat Stanford.