April 1, 2003
University of California women's swimming coach Teri McKeever and Golden Bear All-Americans Natalie Coughlin and Anthony Ervin head to Indianapolis, Ind. this weekend for the inaugural "Duel in the Pool" meet which showcases the United States and Australia in a dual meet featuring some of the best swimmers in the world, this Saturday, Apr. 6.
Team USA challenged Australia's national team to the dual and the meet takes place at 2 p.m. CT at Indianapolis' IUPUI Natatorium. NBC will broadcast the event, Apr. 12 at 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET and Apr. 13 at 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET. McKeever serves as an assistant coach for America's women's team. Coughlin and Ervin, like all U.S. and Australian swimmers at the meet, were selected based on the 2003 World Championships rosters and other criteria set by each country.
The U.S. and Australia rivalry dates back to the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, and has heated up in recent years. The U.S. team led both the overall and gold medal counts at the past two Olympic Games, however the Australians captured more golds than the Americans at both the 2001 and 2002 World Championships. The two countries account for 19 out of 34 current long course world records. The format for the dual is an Olympic distance of 50 meters.
Coughlin owns one of those long course world records in the 100-meter backstroke. Last year at the U.S. Summer National Championships, she shattered the record at 59.58, becoming the first female to ever post a sub-minute finish. She also has broken American long course records in the 200m back (2:08.53), 100m free (53.99) and 50m free (28.48). This past collegiate season, Coughlin became the NCAA's first three-time titilist in the 100-yard butterfly, 100 back and 200 back. She owns the American and NCAA record in each of those events. In all, Coughlin broke three world, seven American and three NCAA records during the 2002-03 season. She was recently honored with her third-consecutive NCAA Swimmer of the Year award and was also named the 2002 Swimmer of the Year by USA Swimming and the 2002 Female World Swimmer of the Year by Swimmer's World magazine.
Ervin finished his collegiate career as one of Cal's finest sprinters. Last weekend, he anchored the Bears' 400 free relay team to a new NCAA, U.S. Open and Cal school record at 2:48.99. That brings Ervin's NCAA championship titles total to seven, as he was also a three-time 100 free national champion. His international medals include the gold in the 50m free and silver in the 400m free relay at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Last summer, he won two silvers in those events at the Pan Pacific Championships in Japan. He owns the American short course meter record in the 50 free (21.21) and American long course meter records in the 100m free (48.33) and 400m free relay (48.89).
McKeever, the 2002 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, recently led Cal's women's team to a second-consecutive eighth-place finish at the 2003 NCAA Championships. Last fall, McKeever was the 2002 recipient of the American Swimming Coaches Association's Coach of the Year award. In 11 years with the Bears, she has a 91-39 (.700) dual meet record and a 147-62 (.703) overall record, including five years as women's head coach at Fresno State.
Visit www.duelinthepool.com for complete results from Saturday's meet.