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Cal's Coughlin Awarded Again

Cal swimmer Natalie Coughlin added two more awards to her increasingly crowded trophy case.

Coughlin was named USA Swimming's Athlete of the Year. In addition, the junior also earned the Performance of the Year award for her world-record time of 59.58 seconds in the 100-meter backstroke at the US Nationals. the first time a woman has broken the one-minute mark.

Coughlin's athlete of the year award comes as no surprise considering her three USA Swimmer of the Month nods this year.

Those monthly honors came while she won three NCAA national titles, breaking NCAA, American and U.S. Open records in all three events.

Coughlin won the 100-yard backstroke (49.97, first woman to swim under 50 seconds), the 200 backstroke (1:49.52) and the 100 butterfly (50.01).

She took home five events at the US National Championships, along with four gold medals at the Pan Pacific Championships in 2002.

Coughlin, who now owns three world records and 27 American records, is a two-time Pac-10 and NCAA Swimmer of the Year.

Coughlin was also a finalist for the Sullivan Award, honoring the nation's top amateur athlete, and the ESPY award for best female college athlete.

Cross Country Goes To Cow Country

The Cal cross country team travels to Davis Saturday for the Aggie Invitational.

The men's squad is coming off first-place finishes in each of its first two events, the Berkeley Challenge and the USF Invitational.

Bears senior Martin Conrad won both races, pacing the field at the USF invite with a time of 21:11, while freshman Giliat Gherbay finished second last week.

Girmay Guangul is not expected to run this week. The junior is still working his way into shape after recurring hamstring problems kept him from running most of the offseason, according to coach Tony Sandoval.

The Cal women finished fourth last week, led by freshmen Mary Fala, who finished 10th at 17:46, and Stephanie Byrne, who came in 14th at 17:51. Senior Lache Bailey took 16th at 17:57.

Both teams competed in the Aggie Invitational last year.

The Cal men were runners-up to UC Davis in a field of 25, finishing with 81 points.

The women's team took sixth of 22 with 189 points. The host Aggies won the women's side with 54 points and the men's race with 19.

The event begins with the women's five-kilometer race at 9 a.m., followed by the men's 8K.


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