Natalie Coughlin Nominated for Honda Sports Award

March 22, 2001

BERKELEY, CA - Cal freshman swimmer Natalie Coughlin has been selected one of four nominees in swimming and diving for the 2000-01 Honda Sports Award to determine the top women collegiate athlete in that sport. Besides Coughlin, the other athletes in contention for the award are Maggie Bowen from Auburn, Misty Hyman from Stanford and Colleen Lanne from Texas.

The winner for swimming and diving, after nationwide balloting, will become a nominee for the Honda-Broderick Cup. The Honda-Broderick Cup is awarded annually to the nation's outstanding collegiate woman athlete of the year at the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year Banquet, held June 11, 2001 in Salt Lake City during the NACDA convention.

At the 2001 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championship, Mar. 15-17 in East Meadow, NY, Coughlin won three individual national titles and was named NCAA Swimmer of the Year.

In one of the best, if not the best, individual performance in Cal swimming history, Coughlin not only won the 100 fly and the 100 and 200 backstroke, she broke NCAA records in all three events. She swam an NCAA record 51.18 in the 100 fly, an NCAA, American and U.S. Open record 51.23 in the 100 back, and a NCAA, American and U.S. Open record 1:51.02 in the 200 back.

Coughlin helped the Bears to three second-place NCAA finishes in the relays as well. She swam the butterfly leg of the Bears 400 medley relay (Cope, Staciana Stitts, Coughlin, Danielle Becks) that was an American record with a time of 3:34.83. Couglin swam the butterfly leg on Cal's 200 medley relay (Cope, Stitts, Coughlin, Harper) that placed second and was also an American record with a time of 1:38.44. Finally, she swam the second leg of Cal's 200 free relay (Michelle Harper, Coughlin, Adrienne Mattos, Haley Cope) that set a new school record with a time of 1:30.05.

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