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Coughlin, Becks Lead Cal to Upset Over #3 Arizona
January 27, 2002

BERKELEY, 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.

Coach 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 State.

Coughlin, 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.

Cal's 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.


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Rupprath, Baker Set World Records, Benko Smashes American Record on Final Day of World Cup
January 27, 2002

By Phillip Whitten

BERLIN, 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.

Germany's 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

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No. 3 Texas Men Tops 19th-Ranked Aggies 167-125
January 26, 2002

COLLEGE STATION, Texas--The No. 19 Texas A&M men’s swimming and diving team dropped a 167-125 decision to the third-ranked Texas Longhorns at the Student Rec Center Natatorium on Saturday afternoon.

Despite 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 win.

“I 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 off

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SMU Edges Cougars in UH's Final Home Meet of Season
Blocker, Pakhalina Win Individual Events for Cougars
January 26, 2002

HOUSTON, 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.

Sophomore 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.

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Rice Falls to Texas A&M, 151-104
January 26, 2002

HOUSTON -- 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.

Freshman 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.

Competing 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 time.

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Cal Outshines Arizona
January 27, 2002

BERKELEY, 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.

The Bears thus completed a weekend sweep of the desert schools, having blasted Arizona State yesterday at Spieker.

Cal 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);

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Big 12 Schools that Cut Swimming for "Budgetary Reasons" All of a Sudden Are Flush with Millions
January 22, 2002

PHOENIX, 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.

Iowa 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.)

Said 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 and baseball.

Also 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!

Said 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."

Speaking 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.

Of 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.

Not 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 bonuses.

Meanwhile, 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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