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of these results.
Becks Lead Cal to Upset Over #3 Arizona
January 27, 2002
Calif., Jan. 26. The number 6-ranked California
women's team (5-1) handily defeated No.
3 Arizona, 135-108, this afternoon at
Spieker Aquatics Complex.
Terri McKeever's Golden Bears won seven
of the meet's 13 events and were led by
sophomores Natalie Coughlin and Danielle
Becks, who won two individual events each.
Coughlin and Becks had won three individual
races yesterday in Cal's win over Arizona
2001 NCAA Swimmer of the Year, won the
200 free (1:48.96) and 500 free (4:44.61)
-- an event she rarely swims in competition.
Her time in the latter race was a Spieker
Aquatics Complex record, topping the time
of 4:44.91 set by Stanford's Janet Evans
-- the American-NCAA record-holder --
on Feb. 16, 1991 during the Stanford dual.
school record is 4:41.12 by Lisa Myers
from the prelims of the 1987 NCAA Championships
in Indianapolis. Coughlin is now 20-0
in Pac-10 dual meet races durin g her
two-season career in Berkeley.
Baker Set World Records, Benko Smashes
American Record on Final Day of World
January 27, 2002
Jan. 27. THE 2001-2002 World Cup Tour
ended with a bang, not a whimper, today
in Berlin as two world records, an American
record and an Asian mark werew iped out
in a frenzy of speed. It was a fitting
conclusion to the tour which saw global
standards fall at almost every one of
the nine stops, spanning four continents.
Thomas Rupprath lowered his own short
course 100 meter butterfly record to 50.10,
bring ever closer the first sub-50 second
100 meter fly. The German speedster had
taken the world mark to 50.26 last Dec.
14 in winning the event at the European
Championships in Antwerp. Australia's
Geoff Huegill whose record (50.44) Rupprath
had broken last month was second today
in 50.84. The game of Musical Chairs to
own the world mark for the women's 50
meter breaststroke continued today, when
Britain's Zoe Baker recaptured the
3 Texas Men Tops 19th-Ranked Aggies 167-125
January 26, 2002
STATION, Texas--The No. 19 Texas A&M mens
swimming and diving team dropped a 167-125 decision
to the third-ranked Texas Longhorns at the Student
Rec Center Natatorium on Saturday afternoon.
losing both relays, the national champion Longhorns
captured 12 of the 14 individual events to push themselves
to 4-1 on the season as well as their lone conference
feel like we competed really well today, said
A&M head coach Mel Nash. In the past Texas
has come in here and swam some of their top guys in
Edges Cougars in UH's Final Home Meet of Season
Blocker, Pakhalina Win Individual Events for Cougars
Texas - The University of Houston swimming and diving
team ended its 2002 home schedule Saturday with a
136-99 loss to SMU at the UH Natatorium.
diver Yulia Pakhalina extended her event winning streak
to 29 straight, and freshman Vicki Blocker captured
first place in the 200-yard backstroke for the Cougars,
who fall to 2-10 in dual meets this season. SMU captured
first place in both relay events and seven swimming
events to take the win.
Falls to Texas A&M, 151-104
January 26, 2002
-- Texas A&M won nine events and took advantage
of outnumbering Rice competitors 23-9 to pull out
a 151-104 dual meet victory in swimming action Saturday
at the Rice Pool.
Lauren Hill won two events -- the 100 and 200 breaststroke
-- for the Owls, and WAC Swimmer of the Week freshman
Corrie Kristick won the 500 free.
against four Aggie teams, the Owls took second in
the 400 medley relay to lead off the meet. Rice sophomore
Jackie Corcoran edged teammate Kristick to win the
second event, the 1000 freestyle, in 10:11.45, more
than five seconds faster than the Owls' previous season-best
January 27, 2002
Calif., Jan. 26. MAKING a strong bid to move into
the No. 2 spot in the polls behind No. 1-ranked Stanford,
Coach Nort Thornton's Golden Bears (5-1 and No. 7
nationally going in), splashed past No. 9 ranked Arizona,
130-95, this afternoon at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
Bears thus completed a weekend sweep of the desert
schools, having blasted Arizona State yesterday at
won seven of the meet's 13 events, with six different
Golden Bear swimmers winning individual events.
Individual winners for Cal included juniors Joe Bruckart
in 200 free (1:38.41) and Anthony Ervin in the 50
free (19.74 over Roland Schoemann's 19.86);
12 Schools that Cut Swimming for "Budgetary
Reasons" All of a Sudden Are Flush with Millions
January 22, 2002
Jan. 22. THREE schools that cut men's swimming last
year, ostensibly for budgetary reasons, apparently
are flush with money for new projects or for profligate
spending on other athletic teams. Few people believed
the schools' protestations of poverty last year,
but the latest information makes it clear just how
craven these universities -- and their presidents
-- have become in their pursuit of football glory,
even to the detriment of academic programs.
State University announced last week that it is
going to build an indoor football practice facility
to the tune of $9 million. ISU already has this
sort of space in the Lied Recreational Center, which
was built on campus less than ten years ago. But
the Lied Center is open to all students and considered
too far away (8 or 9 blocks) from the stadium and
athletic offices. (We don't want the athletes or
coaches to have to run or walk that great distance.)
one ISU observer: "It is ironic that the athletic
department has this kind of money when it cried
'poor' last year while cutting out men's swimming
ironic is the fact that ISU is suffering from drastically
reduced legislative moneys and a big dip in Foundation
funds. The school is cutting out programs, reducing
faculty and staff positions, increasing class size,
and increasing tuition. Yet it wants to be cutting-edge
in its "revenue" sports (which actually
lose revenue) and build a better indoor facility
by spending $9 million. Now that's educational leadership!
the same ISU observer: "I truly thought ISU
was having financial problems when all this happened
last March but I guess I was wrong. Is the trend
in Athletic Departments moving towards pumping all
your money into football and basketball? It appears
that Athletic Departments are operating with little
or no accountability from their university administration.
That certainly is the case at Nebraska."
of Nebraska, some of you may have watched its football
team in its bowl game earlier this month. What you,
undoubtedly did not notice is that the school took
170 "players" to the game. According to
a reliable source inside the Nebraska athletic department,
it cost approximately $2,000 to send each player
to the bowl game. Of the 170 "players"
on the team, only about 50 actually played in the
game. So the university spent approximately $240,000
to send 120 spectators to the game. That's about
60 percent of the men's swim team budget.
course, that was only one game. NU played five or
six other road games this season. Taking non-playing
players easily cost the university hundreds of thousands
of dollars more.
that anyone believed Nebraska's AD Bill Byrne or
Chancellor Harbey Perlman when they claimed they
were cutting men's swimming for budgetary reasons.
That rationale was given the lie when swiminfo revealed
that Nebraska would be the recipient of an $8 million
gift from the Alltel Corporation--a revelation first
denounced, then confirmed in all particulars by
the university. Shortly thereafter, the university
gave its coaches and AD a record $1 million+ in
the University of Kansas is spending $8 million
to build a new weightlifting facility. That school,
too, cried poor last year too when it cut swimming.
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