Mar. 22, 1997

Women's Swim Team Finish Ninth at NCAA's

INDIANAPOLIS - The California women's swim team had its best national finish since 1991, placing ninth (148.0 points) at the NCAA Championship in Indianapolis, IN.

The Bears, who placed fourth in 1991, finished in the Top 10 nationally for the ninth time in school history and for the first time in the tenure of fifth-year coach Teri McKeever.

Cal was led by sophomore Marylyn Chiang, who was involved in setting three new school records. Chiang placed second nationally in the 100 back with a school record time of 53.29 (former record 55.27 set by Akiko Thomson in 1994), fourth in the 200 IM with a school record 1:58.81 (former record 2:00.56 set by Lisa Summers in 1992), fourth in the 200 back (1:57.41) and was a member of the Bears 400 medley relay team (Chiang, Elli Overton, Waen Minpraphal, Nicole Omphroy), which set a new school record (3:43.50, 10th). The former Cal record in the 400 medley relay was 3:44.53, set in 1990.

Another top performer for the Bears was sophomore Elli Overton. Overton placed fourth nationally in the 400 IM with a school record 4:13.06 (former record 4:15.02 set by Carol Felton in 1990). She also placed sixth nationally in the 200 IM (1:59.82, joining Chiang as the first Cal women swimmers to swim the 200 IM in under two minutes).

The Bears also placed seventh in the 800 free relay (7:17.25 Chiang, Anya Kolbisen, Nicole Omphroy, Overton) and freshman Waen Minpraphal placed 10th in the 200 fly (2:00.48).