McKeever Named Assistant Coach for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing

July 6, 2008

Omaha, Neb. - University of California women's swimming head coach Teri McKeever was named as an assistant coach to the 2008 U.S. Olympic swim team on Sunday night. In addition, USA Swimming announced the complete roster for the 2008 U.S. Olympic swim team.

Regarded as one of the best swimming mentors in the United States, McKeever also served as an assistant coach at the 2004 Games in Athens. The 16th-year head coach at Berkeley, McKeever was also the first woman to be named head coach of the national team at a major international meet (the 2006 Pan Pacific meet in British Columbia). She also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. team during World Championship competition in 2003, 2005 and 2007. Other international coaching duties included assistant roles with the 2001 Goodwill Games and the 2002 Pan Pacific Championships.

McKeever has a strong knack for developing her pupils into Olympians and world champions, including Cal legend Natalie Coughlin, who won five medals (including two golds) in Athens in 2004.

Coughlin along with recently graduated senior Emily Silver and former Golden Bear Jessica Hardy all made the 26-woman roster announced by USA Swimming on Sunday night.

The women's swim team features Coughlin, Katie Hoff, Christine Magnuson, Hardy, Allison Schmitt, Julia Smit, Caroline Burckle, Elaine Breeden, Kathleen Hersey, Elizabeth Beisel, Margaret Hoelzer, Megan Jendrick, Kate Ziegler, Rebecca Soni, Amanda Beard, Dara Torres, Lacey Nymeyer, Kim Vandenberg, Christine Marshall, Silver and Chloe Sutton.

On Monday, July 7, the entire U.S. Olympic swim team will head to Palo Alto, Calif., for the team's domestic training camp prior to its departure to the Olympics in Beijing. On July 12, the team will hold an open practice from 7-9 a.m. PT and members of the team will have media availability from 9 -10 a.m. PT. Media wishing to attend can visit to apply for a credential.

The Olympic pool competition will take place Aug. 9 through Aug. 17 at the Beijing National Aquatic Center.

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