BERKELEY, California, May 28. OLYMPIC gold medalists Natalie Coughlin and Anthony Ervin will both enter the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2014. Along with Tom Beach (men’s gymnastics), Sarah Huarte (women’s golf), Grace Upshaw (women’s track & field), Ray Willsey (football) and Rick Cronk (Hall of Fame Service Award), Coughlin and Ervin will be inducted on Oct. 17 at the annual Hall of Fame banquet at the Greek Orthodox Church Conference Center in Oakland.
Here are California’s resume sheets for both Coughlin and Ervin, both of which are pertty impressive resumes:
Natalie Coughlin (women’s swimming, 2001-04) – A three-time Olympian and winner of 12 medals – a total unsurpassed by any woman in U.S. Olympic history – Coughlin remains one of the premier swimmers in the world 10 years after her graduation from Cal. As a Golden Bear, she was an 11-time NCAA individual champion, winning the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard butterfly four times and the 200 back three times. A three-time NCAA Swimmer of the Year and Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year (2001-03), Coughlin was a four-time team MVP. She was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic team on three occasions, was a second-team Academic All-American as a junior and a CSAA Scholar All-American as a senior. At the Olympic level, she won five medals in 2004 (2 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze), six in 2008 (1 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze) and one in 2012 (bronze). Coughlin was the first woman ever to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals in the 100-meter backstroke (2004, 2008). She also owns 20 medals from the World Championships (8 gold, 7 silver, 5 bronze). Among her numerous awards are the 2002 USA Swimming Athlete of the Year and the 2003 Women’s Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year.
Anthony Ervin (men’s swimming, 2000-03) – A four-time All-American, Ervin is also a three-time Olympic medalist. In 2000, he tied with Gary Hall Jr. for Olympic gold in the 50-meter freestyle while also picking up gold as a member of the 400 medley relay and silver on the 400 free relay. He was a three-time NCAA champion in the 100 free (2000-02) and voted the Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year in 2002. In addition, Ervin claimed the NCAA titles in the 50 free and on the 400 medley relay as a freshman in 2000 and on the 400 free relay as a junior. Between individual and relays, he won nine Pac-10 crowns. In 2001, Ervin won a gold medal in both the 50 and 100 free at the World Championships. He retired from swimming in 2003, but later returned to the pool and earned a place on the USA Olympic team for the 2012 London Games where he placed fifth in the 50 free.