Silver, McKeever Join Coughlin on U.S. Worlds Team

April 6, 2005

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - California freshman Emily Silver joined former Golden Bear Natalie Coughlin as the only current or former Cal swimmers, men's or women's, on the U.S. World Championships team, as announced today at the completion of the USA Swimming World Championship Trials at the IU Natatorium. They will be joined at the World Championships, held July 17-31 in Montreal, Canada, by Cal head coach Teri McKeever, who was named an assistant coach to the U.S. team.

Also, based on their performances at the Trials, Cal senior Lauren Medina and junior teammate Ashley Chandler earned spots on the U.S. World University Games team. The World University Games will be held Aug. 11-21 in Izmir, Turkey.

Silver, a product of Bainbridge Island, Wash., who finished sixth in the 100-meter freestyle yesterday, and Coughlin, who won the race, both qualified to swim the 4x100-meter freestyle. Coughlin, the Athens gold medalist, also qualified to swim the individual 100 free and the 100 backstroke. She won the latter event at the Trials.

Medina, from West Covina, Calif., qualified to swim the 200-meter freestyle and the 4x200-meter freestyle. Chandler also qualified to swim the 4x200 free as well as the 400 free. The product of Chandler, Ariz., took sixth place in the 400 free. Medina and Chandler finished ninth and 10th, respectively, in the 200 free.

McKeever, like Coughlin, was also at the 2004 Olympics. The 13th-year Cal head coach, who was an assistant coach in Athens, was the first woman named to a U.S. Olympic swimming team's coaching staff.

Cal Swimmers on the U.S. World Championships Team
Natalie Coughlin (100-meter freestyle, 100-meter backstroke, 4x100-meter freestyle)
Emily Silver (4x100-meter freestyle)

Cal Swimmers on the U.S. World University Games Team
Ashley Chandler (400-meter freestyle, 4x200-meter freestyle)
Lauren Medina (200-meter freestyle, 4x200-meter freestyle)

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