Mar. 18, 1997
No. 13 Bears (13-4) Head To NCAA Championships
Thurs., March 20 - Sat., March 22, NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, Indiana University Natatorium, Indianapolis, IN, Prelims 11 a.m. daily, Finals 7 p.m. daily
BEARS HEAD TO NCAAs: The No. 13 ranked California women's swim team (13-4) heads to Indianapolis, IN, to participate in the NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships after placing fourth at the Pac-10 Championships. The meet will begin on Thursday, March 20 and will conclude Saturday, March 22. Prelims will be held at 11 a.m. daily with finals beiginning at 7 p.m. daily. The Bears will send six swimmers--three sophomores and three freshmen, to the championships to compete in 16 different events. The results will be loaded on the fax-on-demand system (770-399-3066), and the passcode is 1905. The request numbers are as follows: 5211, for the qualifiers, 5212 for the first day's prelims and finals, 5213 for the second day's prelims and finals, and 5214 for the final day's prelims and finals.
NOTING THE BEARS: The team is led by sophomore All-American Marylyn Chiang (Winnipeg, Canada) who has won 23 races so far this season including the 200 IM (2:05.29) against the No. 1 ranked Stanford Cardinal. Sophomore Elli Overton (Sydney, Austrailia) will also be an asset to the team. Overton competed in the 1992 Barcelona and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, placing fifth for Austrailia in the 200 meter IM in both games. Overton also finished off the season breaking the school record held since 1990 in the 400 IM (4:14.09) at the Pac-10 Championships in Federal Way, WA. Other leaders for the Bears include sophomore Katie Aldworth (Boulder City, NV) who last year made the seventh best all-time Cal mark in the 200 IM and who will swim the 200 (2:02.69) and 400 IM (4:21.35) in the NCAAs. Freshmen freestylers Anya Kolbisen (Half Moon Bay, CA) and Nicole Omphroy (Clovis, CA) both earned consideration times this year in the 50, 100, and 200 free. Freshman Waen Minpraphal (Bangkok, Thailand) this year has the team's top time in the 200 fly (2:01.42) and second top time in the 100 fly (55.67) as well as consideration times in the 200 (2:03.92) and 400 IM (4:22.40).
HEAD COACH TERI MCKEEVER: Teri McKeever is in her fifth season as Cal's head women's swim coach. McKeever has a 41-24 (.630) dual meet record with the Golden Bears and a 95-46 (.673) 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.