Feb. 24, 1997
No. 12 California (13-4) Heads To Pacific-10 Conference Championship
Feb. 27-Mar. 1: at Pac-10 Championships, Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, Federal Way, WA All Day
BEAR NOTES: The Bears (13-4) fell to No. 1 ranked Stanford (203-93) in their last competition Feb. 14 at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Cal was led by sophomores Marylyn Chiang (The Phe Pas, Manitoba, Canada) and Elli Overton (Sydney, Austrailia) against the Cardinal. Chiang won her 23rd race of the season by capturing the 200 IM (2:05.29) and Overton won both the 200 breast (2:17.02) and the 100 fly (57.05). Chiang has NCAA consideration marks this season in the 50 free (23.59), 100 free (51.10), 200 free (1:49.69), 100 back (55.55), 200 back (2:00.98) and 200 IM (2:02.36). Overton has NCAA consideration times in the 100 back (56.76), 100 breast (1:04.03), 200 IM (2:03.02) and 400 IM (4:2062). Freshman Waen Minpraphal (Bangkok, Thailand) has NCAA consideration times in the 100 fly (56.69), 200 fly (2:03.58) and 400 IM (4:22.80). Other NCAA consideration times for the Bears include freshman Nicole Omphroy (Clovis, CA) in the 200 free (1:51.09) and freshman Margo Diamond (Briar Cliff Manor, NY) in the 200 fly (2:03.74). Junior divers Danielle Duris (Sacramento, CA) and Bobbi Hamilton (Dryden, NY) have both qualified for the Zone Diving Championships, March 14-15 at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. Duris and Hamilton are the first Cal women divers to qualify for the Zone Championships since Melissa Graviss in 1992. Team highlights for the Bears include defeating No. 11 ranked UCLA by one point, 150.5 to 149.5 Feb. 1 at Spieker Aquatics Complex. It was the first time Cal had defeated the Bruins since 1991. It was the second big win for Teri McKeever's squad this season. On Jan. 12 at Spieker Aquatics Complex, Cal defeated No. 5 ranked Michigan, 170-130. The Bears 13-4 dual meet record is also the most single-season dual meet wins in school history. The Bears feature a squad heavy with underclassmen--including three seniors, three juniors, six sophomores and 12 freshmen.
HEAD COACH TERI MCKEEVER: Teri McKeever is in her fifth season as Cal's head women's swim coach. McKeever has a 41-25 (.621) dual meet record with the Golden Bears and a 95-47 (.669) overall record (five years as women's coach at Fresno State). She has led Cal to a 15th place NCAA finish in 1993, a 21st place finish in 1994, a 28th place finish in 1995 and a 17th place finish in 1996.
NOTING THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Bears will be competing against No. 1 ranked Stanford, No. 5 USC, No. 6 Arizona, No.11 UCLA and No. 23 Arizona State at the Pac-10 Championship. Stanford, 10-0 in dual meets this season and winners of the past five NCAA and 10 Pac-10 Championships, are led by freshman Catherine Fox, winner of two gold medals in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games in the 400 medley and freestyle relays. USC, which placed third last year at the Pac-10 meet, will be led by 1996 Pac-10 and NCAA swimmer of the year, Kristine Quance, who captured the NCAA titles in the 200 breast, 200 IM, and the 400 IM. UCLA, which placed second last year, is led by breaststroker Linsay Etter and the 200 free relay team of Keiko Price, Jill Jenkins, Susan Trainer and Jaclyn Castellano, which is ranked fourth in the nation. Arizona's Ashley Tappin will attempt to reclaim the Pac-10 title in the 200 free, as well as anchor the defending NCAA Champion free relay team. Preliminaries will begin at 11 a.m. and finals will begin at 6 p.m. daily. Results of each session will be posted on the Pac-10 Faxback system, (503) 614-4044, and the document number is 2452. For the diving competition, the document number is 2353.