Sports in Brief: W. Swim Club Successful in L.A.

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With Spieker Aquatics Complex under renovations this summer, the Cal women's swimming team has been swimming in a number of different pools.

Last weekend, the team traveled to Los Angeles for the Janet Evans Invitational at USC.

The team competes in club competition as Cal Aquatics and includes former Bear standout Haley Cope.

Individually, Cope won the 50-meter freestyle and Staciana Stitts placed second in the 100 breaststroke.

The team also won the 400 medley relay and finished second in the 400 free relay.

"Overall, as a team we did really well," Stitts said. "We've reached our goals so far, but now we're excited and ready for Nationals."

The national club meet will be held three weeks from now in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Mellis Hired to Fill Compliance Post

Last week, the Cal athletic department took another step to help regain its reputation after June's NCAA sanctions, hiring a new associate athletic director for compliance.

Foti Mellis fills the position vacated by Gloria Nevarez, who took a job with the West Coast Conference last winter.

"We are indeed fortunate to attract someone of Foti's caliber," Cal athletic director Steve Gladstone said. "Foti is a proven professional who has gained national recognition."

Mellis held a similar position at Arizona State for the last four years. Before his stint with the Sun Devils, Mellis served as director of compliance at the University of Tulsa for three years and as an assistant at Northwestern the year before that.

Mellis graduated from UC Davis and also worked in the Aggies' athletic department.

Football Adds Rams To 2003 Slate

Knowing they will not have a postseason this year, the Cal football team has started looking ahead to the 2003 season.

The program finalized next year's schedule with a second-week home game against Colorado State. The game will mark the first time the two teams ever meet.

The two teams also agreed to face each other in Berkeley in 2007 and then in Fort Collins in 2008.

The Rams are a part of the Mountain West Conference and have appeared in six bowl games over the last eight seasons.

Aside from Colorado State, Cal will face Southern Mississippi, Utah and Illinois next year before Pac-10 play begins.

The revised schedule gives both teams 12 games during the 2003 season.

The Bears' first game of the 2002 campaign will be Aug. 31 against Baylor at Memorial Stadium.


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