Coughlin sets NCAA mark in 100 backstroke
AUSTIN, Texas - Both the No. 6 ranked Cal men’s and women’s swim teams continued to do well during the second day of the Texas Invitational in Austin, Texas. The Bears’ Natalie Coughlin continued her domination of the meet as she won the 100 back in a time of 50.90, breaking the NCAA and Cal school record of 51.23 she had set last season at the NCAA Championships. Coughlin also won the 200 free in a school record time of 1:43.77, breaking her own record of 1:45.65 set last season.
On the men’s side, sophomore Alex Lim won the 100 back with a time of 47.52, the second-best all-time Cal mark and an NCAA automatic standard.
Other top performances for the Bears was Cal’s women’s 200 medley relay (Coughlin, Staciana Stitts, Alice Henriques, Danielle Becks) placing second with an NCAA automatic time of 1:40.04. The Bears men’s 800 free relay (Joe Bruckart, Mattias Ohlin, Sean Gruver, Bayani Flores) placed third with a time of 6:31.36.
Another top relay finish for Cal was the men’s 200 medley relay (Lim, Ohlin, Daniel Kim, Duje Draganja) placing fifth with a time of 1:28.93 and the women’s 800 free relay (Kristen Sissener, Ashley Whitney, Micha Burden, Lauren Medina) placing fifth with a time of 7:26.13.
In the 100 breaststroke events, junior Staciana Stitts was fourth with an NCAA automatic time of 1:01.10. Junior Daniel Kim placed fifth in the 100 breast with a time of 55.71 and senior Bayani Flores was ninth with a time of 55.71.
In the diving competition, junior Nic Bartolotta placed 10th, freshman Nathaniel Dean 11th and sophomore Robbie Quinn 12th in the one-meter competition. On the women’s side, junior Christina Flynn was 15th in the three-meter competition. On Friday, Quinn placed seventh, Bartolotta ninth and Dean 13th in the men’s three-meter competition.