NCAA Div. I Women: SMU Holds Small Lead Over Cal After Day 1 of SMU Classsic

DALLAS, TX., October 25 — The SMU Mustangs galloped into the lead but Cal is hot on their heels after opening night of the 9th Annual Southern Methodist University Swimming & Diving Classic.

The meet is underway at SMU's venerable on-campus Perkins Natatorium, also site of next February's Dalls Morning News men's Invitational and the Mustangs' home pool.

Coach Steve Collins' Lady Mustangs splashed to three victories in nine events this evening, but Cal got four golds to edge the defending WAC (Western Athletic Conference) champions in that category.

SMU's advantage is a narrow 170-158.5 over Coach Teri McKeever's Cal Golden Bears. Third is Florida State with 141 points while UCLA is fourth and Alabama fifth.

The Mustangs took the lead following the night's second event, the 400 IM, won by their very own Andrea Cassidy (4:20.49) and then never looked back.

"We are excited after our performance. We are swimming great," said Collins. "We were really strong in every race and that has given us a big advantage today."

In the first event, the 400 yard medley, the SMU team of Alenka Kejzar, Corrie Clark, Georgiana Lee and Laura Pomeroy placed second to Cal with a 3:44.50. Kejzar was a finalist at last summer's European Championships in the backstrokes for Slovenia and Clark is an All-America transfer from Penn State, where she helped lead the Nittany Lions to their first Big 10 title last February. Lee is a British Olympic veteran and Pomeroy is a Canadian national team member.

Cal, getting a solid 57.5 leadoff leg from rookie Helen Silver, won in 3:34.35. Sydney Olympian Staciana Stitts had a strong breast leg (1:02.37), Natalie Coughlin split a sizzling 52.68 for the fly segment and Daniele Beck anchored in 50.85.

The Divine Ms. C won both races she entered, the 100 back and 100 fly, setting meet records in each too (54.53-52.99). The old 100 fly meet standard was 54.14 by former Lady Mustang (and this year's Euro 100 fly champ) Martina Moravcova, who is still the U.S. Open/NCAA record-holder in the 200 yard free. (Former Florida star and Barcelona Olympic gold medalist
Nicole Haislett holds the American record.)

Coughlin's times also easily surpassthe NCAA auto cuts of 55.15/54.14. Of course, she just happens to be American/NCAA record-holder in both races too with clockings of 50.01 and 49.97 from last March's NCAA Championships at the Texas Swimming Center.

Froshwoman Silver also helped the Cal cause by winning the 100 back consols in a seasonal-pr 57.14, while Stitts took the 100 breast gold.

(Coughlin also holds American/NCAA records in the 200 back and 100 free. At last summer's U.S. Nationals in Ft. Lauderdale, she became the first — and only — woman ever under a minute in the 100 back, thus all but guaranteeing her World Swimmer of the Year honors as well.)

The Mustangs scored big points in the 200 free, sweeping the consolation and championship finals. Senior Lisa Wanberg took the Consolation win (1:51.24), while her sister, Lotta Wanberg, also a senior, racked up the Championship final victory (1:49.00) — or was it the other way 'round?

Junior transfer Clark won the consolation 100 fly with a 56.05. Her pr is a 54.06 from NCAAs at East Meadow two years ago. She then came back to take runner-up honors in the 100 breast (1:03.58) and teammate Nordenstam picked up her second consols victory of the night in that race too, going 1:05.39.

Cal's Stitts was 100 breast champ in a nice early-season 1:02.49, fastest nationally.

The other evening's winners included Florida State sophomore Jennie Lyes in the 50 free (23.80) and Alabama's Lana Bassham on the 1-meter board (279.60).

"The level of competition here this weekend is so strong." Collins continued. "Having an athlete like Natalie Coughlin, an American and world record-holder, compete here raises the bar even more."

The meet continues this evening at Perkins Natatorium on the campus of SMU, starting at 7:30 PM CDT.

– Bill Bell

SMU SWIMMING & DIVING CLASSIC
PERKINS NATATORIUM, DALLAS TX.
OCTOBER 25-26, 2002
25 Yd. Pool

* Meet Record

TEAM SCORING AFTER DAY 1 (9 Events)

Place School Points
1 SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY SMU 170
2 UNIV. OF CAL @ BERKELEY CAL 158.50
3 FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY FSU 141
4 UNIV. OF CAL. @ LOS ANGELES UCLA 134.50
5 UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA ALA 123
6 UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC PACIF 101

SMU Women's Swimming & Diving Classic
Perkins Natatorium — October 25 & 26, 2002
Results

Event 1 Women 400 Yard Medley Relay
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Meet: * 3:40.68 1997 Stanford
Pool: ! 3:38.94 1999 SMU
WAC: # 3:35.42 1999 SMU
NCAA Qual.: & 3:39.12
School Prelims Finals
Points
===============================================================================
Championship Final
1 UNIV. OF CAL @ BERKELEY 3:43.35 24
1) Silver, Helen FR 2) Stitts, Staciana SR
3) Coughlin, Natalie JR 4) Becks, Danielle JR
28.04 57.55 1:26.79 1:59.92 2:24.59 2:52.60 3:16.56 3:43.35
2 SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY 3:44.50 20
1) Kejzar, Alenka JR 2) Clark, Corrie JR
3) Lee, Georgina JR 4) Pomeroy, Laura FR
27.46 55.80 1:25.12 1:58.74 2:24.28 2:53.30 3:17.37 3:44.50
3 FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY 3:47.57 18
1) Breen, Emily SO 2) Dutton, Emma JR
3) Dong, Rachel JR 4) Lyes, Jennie SO
28.21 57.47 1:27.18 2:01.07 2:26.55 2:56.62 3:20.48 3:47.57
4 UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA 3:48.50 16
1) Hallquist, Kathryn FR 2) Poleska, Anne JR
3) Weiman, Candace FR 4) Lafevers, Alison FR
28.03 57.59 1:12.79 2:00.59 2:25.68 2:54.95 3:20.03 3:48.50
5 UNIV. OF CAL. @ LOS ANGELES 3:52.51 14
1) Watanabe, Naoko JR 2) Coler, Cathy JR
3) Lewis, Kristen JR 4) Shugart, Erica SR
28.37 57.52 1:13.76 2:02.91 2:29.03 2:59.79 3:24.65 3:52.51
6 UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC 3:54.63 12
1) Willey, Kris JR 2) Schmidt, Heidi SO
3) Catalano, Shannon JR 4) Errecart, Robin JR
29.16 59.42 1:30.39 2:05.27 2:31.83 3:02.49 3:27.05 3:54.63

Event 2 Women 400 Yard IM
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Sponsor: Kate & Hanna Collins-Go Mustangs Go!
Drew & Mary Cassidy
Meet: * 4:13.60 2001 Maggie Bowen, AUBURN
Pool: ! 4:12.78 1998 Martina Moravcova, SMU
WAC: # 4:12.78 1998 Martina Moravcova, SMU
NCAA Qual.: & 4:15.12
Name Year School Prelims Finals
Points
===============================================================================
1 Cassidy, Andrea JR SMU 4:20.49 16
28.36 59.99 1:32.71 2:05.23 2:43.00 3:21.14 3:51.28 4:20.49
2 Griffith, Natalie JR CAL 4:24.83 13
28.63 59.95 1:34.77 2:09.38 2:46.39 3:24.47 3:54.40 4:24.83
3 Winkler, Brooke JR UCLA 4:26.05 12
29.22 1:01.60 1:35.73 2:09.35 2:47.01 3:25.02 3:56.08 4:26.05
4 LeRoy, Andree-Anne JR FSU 4:27.90 11
28.66 1:00.67 1:35.15 2:09.08 2:47.14 3:25.49 3:57.38 4:27.90
5 Casaru, Catalina JR ALABAMA 4:28.00 10
28.81 1:01.60 1:34.61 2:07.16 2:46.59 3:26.04 3:57.74 4:28.00
6 Willey, Kris JR PACIFIC 4:30.85 9
29.53 1:01.69 1:37.40 2:12.74 2:50.67 3:28.88 4:00.33 4:30.85
Consolation Final
7 Nordenstam, Sara FR SMU 4:20.12 7
27.91 59.02 1:32.94 2:05.71 2:41.94 3:18.70 3:49.96 4:20.12
8 Houck, Sara SO PACIFIC 4:24.50 5
28.42 1:00.45 1:33.92 2:07.77 2:45.24 3:23.51 3:54.23 4:24.50
9 How, Lisa SO FSU 4:25.69 4
28.01 59.08 1:34.94 2:10.38 2:47.46 3:25.49 3:56.24 4:25.69
10 Chandler, Ashley FR CAL 4:29.40 3
27.80 59.10 1:34.18 2:08.54 2:48.88 3:29.04 3:59.94 4:29.40
11 Genova, Victoria FR ALABAMA 4:29.61 2
27.76 59.25 1:34.32 2:08.68 2:48.69 3:29.17 3:59.77 4:29.61
12 Coler, Cathy JR UCLA 4:29.88 1
29.09 1:00.99 1:36.75 2:11.84 2:49.64 3:27.70 3:59.53 4:29.88

Event 3 Women 200 Yard Freestyle
===============================================================================
Sponsor: Martina Moravcova
Meet: * 1:46.35 1997 Martina Moravcova, SMU
Pool: ! 1:46.81 1999 Martina Moravcova, SMU
WAC: # 1:43.08 1997 Martina Moravcova, SMU
NCAA Qual.: & 1:47.49
Name Year School Prelims Finals
Points
===============================================================================
Championship Final
1 Wanberg, Lotta SR SMU 1:49.00 16
25.56 53.05 1:20.96 1:49.00
2 Svahnstrom, Malin SO UCLA 1:50.40 13
26.26 53.87 1:21.81 1:50.40
3 Errecart, Robin JR PACIFIC 1:51.37 12
26.52 54.42 1:22.88 1:51.37
4 Hansen, Loren JR FSU 1:51.58 11
26.42 54.34 1:22.79 1:51.58
5 Grant, Anna FR ALABAMA 1:54.49 10
26.38 54.52 1:23.84 1:54.49
6 Chandler, Ashley FR CAL 1:55.36 9
26.97 55.81 1:25.63 1:55.36
Consolation Final
7 Wanberg, Lisa SR SMU 1:51.24 7
26.32 54.44 1:22.82 1:51.24
8 Lobdell, Jackie JR UCLA 1:53.73 5
26.90 56.04 1:25.23 1:53.73
9 Parkinson, Elizabe JR FSU 1:53.96 4
27.02 55.92 1:25.34 1:53.96
10 McDonald, Laura FR PACIFIC 1:54.01 3
27.25 56.53 1:25.12 1:54.01
11 Burden, Micha SR CAL 1:54.13 2
27.29 56.74 1:25.12 1:54.13
12 Ross, Ann JR ALABAMA 1:55.95 1
27.13 56.64 1:26.31 1:55.95

Event 4 Women 100 Yard Butterfly
===============================================================================
Sponsor: Martina Moravcova
Meet: * 54.24 1998 Martina Moravcova, SMU
Pool: ! 54.24 1999 Martina Moravcova, SMU
WAC: # 51.89 1999 Martina Moravcova, SMU
NCAA Qual.: & 54.14
Name Year School Prelims Finals
Points
===============================================================================
Championship Final
1 Coughlin, Natalie JR CAL 52.99& 16
25.30 52.99
2 Weiman, Candace FR ALABAMA 54.66 13
26.01 54.66
3 Vandenberg, Kim FR UCLA 55.35 12
26.60 55.35
4 Lee, Georgina JR SMU 55.39 11
26.31 55.39
5 Catalano, Shannon JR PACIFIC 55.98 10
26.23 55.98
6 Dong, Rachel JR FSU 56.58 9
26.82 56.58
Consolation Final
7 Clark, Corrie JR SMU 56.05 7
26.45 56.05
8 Lewis, Kristen JR UCLA 56.39 5
27.10 56.39
9 Genova, Victoria FR ALABAMA 56.49 4
26.99 56.49
10 Stitts, Staciana SR CAL 56.70 3
26.67 56.70
11 Dutton, Emma JR FSU 57.35 2
27.38 57.35
12 Mathews, Kristy SR PACIFIC 59.07 1
28.14 59.07

Event 5 Women 1 Meter Diving
===============================================================================
Sponsor: Katie Streepey – Rip, Rip, Rip!!!
Dr. William R. Pike – Go Liz!!!
Cheril Santini
Meet: * 301.70 1997 Michelle Davidson, SMU
Pool: ! 487.00 1999 Jenny Lingamfelter, Texas
WAC: # 503.80 1994 Vanessa Thelin, BYU
Name Year School Prelims Finals
Points
===============================================================================
Finals
1 Bassham, Lane JR ALABAMA 279.60 16
2 Gosnell, Regan SR UCLA 249.60 13
3 McClow, Courtney SO FSU 234.95 12
4 Pike, Elizabeth SO SMU 220.35 11
5 Flynn, Christina SR CAL 213.45 10

Event 6 Women 100 Yard Backstroke
===============================================================================
Sponsor: Greg Swalwell
Meet: * 55.11 2001 Anu Koivisto, SMU '95 & '97
Pool: ! 54.06 1998 Catherine Fox, Stanford
WAC: # 53.22 1997 Lia Oberstar, SMU
NCAA Qual.: & 55.15
Name Year School Prelims Finals
Points
===============================================================================
Championship Final
1 Coughlin, Natalie JR CAL 54.53* 16
26.61 54.53
2 Kejzar, Alenka JR SMU 55.79 13
27.45 55.79
3 Breen, Emily SO FSU 57.14 12
27.85 57.14
4 Watanabe, Naoko JR UCLA 57.52 11
28.28 57.52
5 Hallquist, Kathryn FR ALABAMA 58.70 10
28.60 58.70
6 Willey, Kris JR PACIFIC 59.00 9
29.14 59.00
Consolation Final
7 Silver, Helen FR CAL 57.14 7
27.88 57.14
8 LeRoy, Andree-Anne JR FSU 58.46 5
28.74 58.46
9 Grant, Anna FR ALABAMA 59.44 4
29.45 59.44
10 Lobdell, Jackie JR UCLA 59.60 3
29.77 59.60
11 Avilla, Leilani JR PACIFIC 59.82 2
29.44 59.82
12 Cassidy, Andrea JR SMU 1:00.34 1
29.53 1:00.34

Event 7 Women 100 Yard Breaststroke
===============================================================================
Meet: * 1:01.59 1997 Katie McClelland, SMU
Pool: ! 1:01.59 1997 Katie McClelland, SMU
WAC: # 1:00.88 1999 Katie McClelland, SMU
NCAA Qual.: & 1:02.07
Name Year School Prelims Finals
Points
===============================================================================
Championship Final
1 Stitts, Staciana SR CAL 1:02.49 16
30.06 1:02.49
2 Clark, Corrie JR SMU 1:03.58 13
30.56 1:03.58
3 Poleska, Anne JR ALABAMA 1:04.56 12
30.75 1:04.56
4 Dutton, Emma JR FSU 1:04.67 11
30.54 1:04.67
5 Schmidt, Heidi SO PACIFIC 1:05.60 10
31.26 1:05.60
6 Coler, Cathy JR UCLA 1:05.91 9
31.78 1:05.91
Consolation Final
7 Nordenstam, Sara FR SMU 1:05.39 7
31.11 1:05.39
8 Dong, Rachel JR FSU 1:06.34 5
31.66 1:06.34
9 Mathews, Kristy SR PACIFIC 1:06.81 4
31.92 1:06.81
10 Griffith, Natalie JR CAL 1:07.09 3
32.28 1:07.09
11 Winkler, Brooke JR UCLA 1:08.87 2
32.86 1:08.87
12 Ross, Ann JR ALABAMA 1:11.38 1
33.95 1:11.38

Event 8 Women 50 Yard Freestyle
===============================================================================
Sponsor: Greg Swalwell
Meet: * 22.93 1997 Erin Maher, Texas
Pool: ! 22.93 1996 Erin Maher, Texas
WAC: # 21.77 1994 Amy Van Dyken, Colorado State
NCAA Qual.: & 22.89
Name Year School Prelims Finals
Points
===============================================================================
Championship Final
1 Lyes, Jennie SO FSU 23.80 16
2 Pomeroy, Laura FR SMU 23.99 13
3 Vandenberg, Kim FR UCLA 24.23
11.5
3 Becks, Danielle JR CAL 24.23
11.5
5 Catalano, Shannon JR PACIFIC 24.58 10
6 Lafevers, Alison FR ALABAMA 25.03 9
Consolation Final
7 Shugart, Erica SR UCLA 23.93 7
8 Harper, Michelle SR CAL 24.20 5
9 Wanberg, Lisa SR SMU 24.26 4
10 Parkinson, Elizabe JR FSU 24.31 3
11 Avilla, Leilani JR PACIFIC 24.84 2
12 Hallquist, Kathryn FR ALABAMA 25.40 1

Event 9 Women 800 Yard Freestyle Relay
===============================================================================
Meet: * 7:20.54 1998 SMU
Pool: ! 7:20.54 1998 SMU
WAC: # 7:09.92 1999 SMU
NCAA Qual.: & 7:11.65
School Prelims Finals
Points
===============================================================================
Championship Final
1 SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY 7:25.51 24
1) Lee, Georgina JR 2) Wanberg, Lotta SR
3) Cassidy, Andrea JR 4) Wanberg, Lisa SR
25.94 53.75 1:21.85 1:49.51 2:14.48 2:42.27 3:11.06 3:39.88
4:06.13 4:34.97 5:04.68 5:33.70 5:59.19 6:27.79 6:56.64 7:25.51
2 UNIV. OF CAL @ BERKELEY 7:30.73 20
1) Becks, Danielle JR 2) Griffith, Natalie JR
3) Burden, Micha SR 4) Chandler, Ashley FR
27.14 55.64 1:24.55 1:53.72 2:20.30 2:48.73 3:17.55 3:46.54
4:12.79 4:42.10 5:10.64 5:39.43 6:05.10 6:32.94 7:01.78 7:30.73
3 FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY 7:33.54 18
1) Hansen, Loren JR 2) Breen, Emily SO
3) How, Lisa SO 4) LeRoy, Andree-Anne JR
26.88 55.46 1:24.03 1:52.65 2:19.50 2:48.71 3:17.55 3:45.80
4:11.87 4:40.64 5:09.56 5:38.89 6:05.95 6:35.03 7:04.22 7:33.54
4 UNIV. OF CAL. @ LOS ANGELES 7:33.68 16
1) Winkler, Brooke JR 2) Vandenberg, Kim FR
3) Lobdell, Jackie JR 4) Svahnstrom, Malin SO
27.91 57.31 1:27.06 1:56.57 2:22.71 2:51.32 3:20.45 3:48.84
4:15.39 4:44.52 5:13.89 5:42.44 6:08.75 6:36.98 7:05.58 7:33.68
5 UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA 7:38.06 14
1) Weiman, Candace FR 2) Poleska, Anne JR
3) Grant, Anna FR 4) Casaru, Catalina JR
27.49 56.34 1:24.47 1:52.36 2:19.19 2:48.59 3:18.31 3:47.55
4:14.73 4:44.12 5:13.41 5:42.26 6:09.74 6:38.82 7:08.22 7:38.06
6 UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC 7:40.15 12
1) Mathews, Kristy SR 2) McDonald, Laura FR
3) Avilla, Leilani JR 4) Errecart, Robin JR
27.66 56.49 1:25.65 1:54.88 2:21.36 2:50.30 3:20.10 3:49.69
4:17.04 4:46.84 5:17.42 5:47.82 6:12.89 6:41.34 7:10.69 7:40.15

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