Nov. 12, 2002
CAL COMPETES IN TWO LOCAL MEETS: The No. 4 Cal women's swimming and diving team (2-1) stays local this week, competing in San Jose before returning to Berkeley for its second home meet of the season. The Golden Bears take on San Jose State and Oregon State in a dual meet Fri., Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. in San Jose. The Bears return to Spieker Aquatics Complex to host Rice, Sun., Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. The meets mark the last competitions for Cal before the Bears head to the FINA World Cup in Long Island, N.Y., Nov. 22-23.
LAST COMPETITION: Cal split its meets while visiting Georgia, falling 163-129 to the Lady Bulldogs, but defeating Clemson, 171-107. Against Georgia, junior Natalie Coughlin led the Bears with three victories. Coughlin posted NCAA automatic qualifying times in each win, including the 100 back (53.62), 100 free (48.06) and 100 fly (51.90). Other triumphs for the Bears included junior Natalie Griffith in the 200 IM (2:04.94) and the 400 free relay (3:29.03) team of junior Danielle Becks, freshman Cheryl Anne Bingaman, senior Michelle Harper and sophomore Keiko Amano. Against Clemson, the Bears won 14 out of 15 events. The newcomers performed well as freshmen Ashley Chandler, Flora Kong, Whitney Rockwell and Helen Silver each recorded victories. Chandler grabbed first in the 500 free (4:58.61) and 1000 free (10:10.99). Kong won the 100 fly (56.73), and Rockwell won the 50 free (24.09). Silver was victorious in the 100 back (57.15). Becks, Coughlin, and senior diver Christina Flynn added two wins apiece for Cal. Becks won the 100 free (51.33) and 200 free (1:51.24), while Coughlin won the 400 IM (4:11.76) and 200 back (2:04.48). Flynn won both the one-meter (249.52) and three-meter (237.97) events. Sophomore Lisa Morelli added a victory in the 200 fly (2:03.68), and the Bears' 200 free relay team took first place with a time of 1:34.35.
2001-02 RECAP: The Golden Bears had eight swimmers reach All-America status. All-Americans include Coughlin, Becks, Harper and Staciana Stitts, while Micha Burden, Lauren Medina, Ashley Whitney and Kyoko Yokouchi earned honorable mention honors. Coughlin, the 2001 and 2002 NCAA and Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year who has set three world records and 27 American records, capped a superb freshman year with an even more successful sophomore season. She earned the USA Swimming Athlete of the Year and Performance of the Year award for her world record breaking swim in the 100-meter backstroke. At 58.59, Coughlin shattered the record, becoming the first female to ever post a sub-minute finish. At the NCAA Championships, she won national titles in the 100 fly (50.01), and 100 (49.97) and 200 back (1:49.52), setting NCAA records in all three events--breaking the old NCAA records she had set in 2001. Cal finished eighth at the 2002 NCAA Championships, bolstered by Coughlin's three wins, Stitts' fourth-place finish in the 100 breast, and the team's national runner-up finishes in the 200 and 400 medley relays. Cal placed fourth at the Pac-10 Championships, bettering its fifth-place finish from the year before. The Bears won five titles at the 2002 championships, as Coughlin set new conference records in the 200 free (1:43.30) and 100 (50.71) and 200 back (1:50.90).
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: San Jose State is 1-2 on the season. The Spartans most recently competed in a double dual meet against UC Santa Cruz, defeating the Banana Slugs (155-121), but falling to the Utes (133-108). San Jose State opened its 2002-03 slate with a 140-112 loss at Washington State. Last Saturday, Oregon State defeated Nevada, 141.5-115.5, in its first meet of the season. Rice is 2-0 on the year with victories over North Texas (114-86) and Houston (162-122). The Owls compete against San Jose State Saturday, Nov. 16, before heading to Berkeley for their meet against the Bears.
HEAD COACH TERI MCKEEVER: Teri 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 American Swimming Coaches Association's Coach of the Year award last month. She has an 87-38 (.696) dual meet record with the Golden Bears and a 141-60 (.701) 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.