April 7, 2003
University of California junior Natalie Coughlin won three events at the Mutual of Omaha "Duel in the Pool" meet, helping Team USA to a sound 196-74 defeat over the Australian national team. The Americans won 21 of the 26 events. 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.
Coughlin won the 100-long course meter backstroke (1:00.74) and the 100m butterfly (58.70). Coughlin owns the world, American and U.S. Open record in the 100m back. 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. Coughlin also helped the American's 400m freestyle relay to victory (3:38.95), swimming the second-leg of the race (25.93).
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. Two weeks ago, 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.