Dec. 11, 2002
BERKELEY-- - The University of California's women's swimming head coach, Teri McKeever, was named a U.S. National Team women's assistant coach for the 2003 World Championships and 2003 U.S. vs. Australia Duel in the Pool competition.
The U.S. vs. Australia 'Duel in the Pool' meet marks the first one ever between the two countries and will take place Apr. 6, 2003 in Indianapolis, Ind. The U.S. team is made up of 2003 World Championships qualifiers, including current Golden Bear star Natalie Coughlin and former Cal standout Haley Cope. The U.S./Australia rivalry has really heated up in recent years. The U.S. team led the overall 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. Out of the 34 current long course world records, 19 are accounted for by Americans and Australians combined, and both countries lead the world in total Olympic medals.
McKeever will also help coach the U.S. National Team at the 2003 FINA World Championships, held July 13-17 in Barcelona, Spain. She and the rest of the U.S. coaching staff will lead men's and women's teams of 26 athletes apiece to compete against swimmers from over 180 federations associated with the FINA organization.
This season, McKeever has led the Bears to a No. 9 national ranking. Under her tutelage the team has thrived, posting a 5-1 overall record in fall competition. Coughlin made the most of the fall season, breaking three world and six American records.
McKeever, the 2002 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, is in her 11th season as Cal's head women's swimming coach. McKeever also won the 2002 American Swimming Coaches Association's Coach of the Year award. She has an 89-38 (.701) dual meet record with the Golden Bears and a 143-60 (.704) overall record (five yeas as women's head coach at Fresno State). In the last six seasons, she has led Cal to top 10 national finishes every year, including an eighth place showing at the 2002 NCAA Championships.