Cal's Lindsay Gottlieb has been named one of four finalists for the Naismith women's coach of the year award, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Thursday.

The second-year coach led the Golden Bears to a 28-3 overall record and a Pac-12 Conference co-championship at 17-1. Both records are the best in Cal women's basketball history. The Bears are a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament and will face Fresno State in the first round Saturday in Lubbock, Texas.

The winner will be announced at the Women's Final Four in New Orleans. The other finalists are Baylor's Kim Mulkey, Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw and Dayton's Jim Jabir.

  • Cal senior Caitlin Leverenz and freshman teammate Elizabeth Pelton finished 1-2 in the 200 individual medley on the first day of the NCAA women's swimming and diving championships in Indianapolis. Leverenz defended here 200 I.M. title in 1 minute, 53.39 seconds, with Pelton second in 1:53.82.

    Two-time defending champion Cal ended the first day of finals in fourth place with 102 points, behind leader Georgia (163), Tennessee (150.5) and Arizona (127).

    Stanford is fifth with 90.5 points. The Cardinal finished fourth in the 400 medley relay in a school-record 3:30.06, with the team of Maya DiRado, Sarah Haase, Felicia Lee and Andi Murez.

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    San Jose native Tim Jitloff won the men's giant slalom at the U.S. Alpine Championships in Squaw Valley. It was the fourth U.S. title for Jitloff, who now lives in Reno. "It was challenging for sure, but I grew up racing on this hill, so I know what's going on," Jitloff said.

    Defending champ Robby Kelley of Starksboro, Vt., was second.

    Julia Mancuso raced to her record 16th title in the women's giant slalom in her hometown. The Olympic gold medalist beat World Cup slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin by 0.88 seconds.

    Staff writer Elliott Almond and wire services contributed to this report.