Oct. 8, 2012
BERKELEY - Teri McKeever leads the Golden Bears to her old stomping grounds at Fresno State for the Early Bird Invitational that runs from Friday, Oct. 12, to Saturday, Oct. 13. McKeever was the head coach at Fresno State prior to starting her 21-year tenure at California.
The Cal divers will not take part in the Fresno State meet.
McKeever at Cal, Fresno State and Beyond
Last summer, McKeever became the first woman to claim the role of U.S. Olympic swimming head coach, leading a U.S. team that included current Bears Caitlin Leverenz and Rachel Bootsma along with former Cal stars Natalie Coughlin, Dana Vollmer and Jessica Hardy. Her other protégés in London included current Bear Stephanie Au (Hong Kong) and alumnae Sara Isakovic (Slovenia), Hannah Wilson (Hong Kong) and Lauren Boyle (New Zealand).
McKeever became the first woman to coach in any capacity on a U.S. Olympic swimming team when she worked as a U.S. assistant in the 2004, a role she duplicated in the 2008 Olympics. She was also the first woman to serve as a U.S. head coach at a major international meet when she led the women's national team in the 2006 Pan Pacific Championships.
Last March, her Bears won their second consecutive NCAA team title - and third in four years - one month after they won the inaugural Pac-12 team championship. McKeever, who also led Cal to NCAA titles in 2009 and 2011, claimed the Coach of the Meet award for the third time after emerging triumphant at this year's national meet. In April, the conference named her its Pac-12 Coach of the Year, which marked McKeever's fifth conference award (including awards in 1999, 2002, 2009 and 2011).
In 2002, McKeever garnered the American Swimming Coaches Association Coach of the Year award.
Last Time: Bootsma Crowned Queen of the Pool
Elizabeth Pelton, another Cal freshman, took third place with a combined time of 4:45.01; freshman teammate Kelly Naze was fourth (4:48.73); junior Bear Cindy Tran was fifth (4:57.36). In fact, Bears filled the first 14 out of 39 places, with Cal Poly's Chrissy Thomas taking 15th (5:07.07) and the Mustangs' Angie Haven placing 16th (5:07.40).
Bootsma - who earned gold in the 400-meter medley relay in the London Olympics - won three of the five individual events - the 100 butterfly (54.48), 100 backstroke (54.49) and 100 freestyle (50.74). Leverenz - who took bronze in the 200-meter individual medley in the London Olympics and the 200-yard IM and 200 breaststroke at last year's NCAA Championships - captured the 100-yard IM (55.52) and the 100 breaststroke (1:02.36) at Cal Poly.
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Cal Repeats as NCAA Champion, Winning Third Title in Four Years
The Bears scored 412.5 points, while second-place Georgia had 366, third-place USC tallied 325.5, fourth-place Stanford scored 318 and fifth-place Arizona collected 299.
Leverenz's 200-breaststroke win gave Cal a total of seven individual/relay titles at NCAAs, including her victory in the 200-yard individual medley, senior Liv Jensen's win in the 50 free, sophomore Cindy Tran's repeat title in the 100 backstroke and senior Sara Isakovic's championship in the 100 butterfly as well as Cal's 200- and 400-yard medley relay wins.
Olympic Summer for Cal Swimming
The Cal swimming contingent produced perhaps the most prominent Golden Bears in London. Among the current Bears, U.S. and Cal head coach Teri McKeever, Caitlin Leverenz (USA), Rachel Bootsma (USA) and Hong Kong's Stephanie Au took part in the Games.
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