Sports in Brief: Cal Swimming Cleans Up at Pac-10 Awards



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The Cal swimming program dominated postseason conference awards, taking four of six honors.

Natalie Coughlin, who was a finalist for the prestigious Sullivan Award, was named 2001-02 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year. Her coach, Teri McKeever, garnered Coach of the Year honors. McKeever was also Coach of the Year in 1999.

Coughlin won the award last year as the Bears have won the honor four consecutive years.

Anthony Ervin was named Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year as well. Freshman teammate Duje Draganja earned Newcomer of the Year.

Ervin and Draganja were part of Cal's 400-meter freestyle relay team that won the 2002 NCAA title. Both also earned second-place finishes in individual events, Ervin the 50 free and Draganja in the 100 and 200 free.

W. Golf Gears Up For Nationals

The No. 20 Cal women's golf team continues to ready itself for next week's Pac-10 Championships by taking part in the Peg Barnard Intercollegiate this weekend.

The Bears will be part of a 14-team field, including No. 11 Arizona State, No. 14 USC, No. 16 Washington and No. 18 UCLA. Stanford hosts the two-day event.

At last year's Peg Barnard, Cal finished third behind the Cardinal and San Jose State.

Crew Faces Card

The Cal men's and women's crew team will be in action tomorrow against Stanford in Redwood Shores, Calif.

The No. 11 varsity eight finished third last week at the Jessop Whittier Cup event at the San Diego Crew Classic.

Forney Honored

Ami Forney was named the Cal women's basketball team's Most Valuable Player last night at the annual team banquet.

The senior center led the Bears in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots last season. Forney, who earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 recognition, was fifth in the conference in field goal percentage at 50.7 percent.

Luana Coloma won two awards. She was named Most Improved as well as Most Inspirational, along with senior Janet Franey.

Amber White won Best Defensive Player after recording 46 steals last season. Michelle Wald won the All-Cal award, given to the player that personifies being a Cal student-athlete.

Freshman point guard Kristin Iwanaga won the Saul Becker/Coaches Award while fellow frosh Leigh Gregory earned the Community Service Award for logging the most community service time.

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