Cal's Natalie Coughlin Breaks Another World Record at the 2001 FINA World Cup

Nov. 28, 2001

EAST MEADOW, NY - Cal's Natalie Coughlin again shined at the 2001 FINA World Cup in East Meadow, N.Y., setting a world record in the 100-meter backstroke Wednesday night. Her time of 57.08 bettered the old mark by more than a second and came on the heels of a world record performance in the 200-meter back in Tuesday night. Coughlin, a sophomore for the Golden Bears and the 2001 Pac-10 and NCAA Swimmer of the Year, was named the Female Performer of the Meet. She finished the meet winning four gold medals and a silver medal in five events.

'I knew the 100 back was my strongest event,' said Coughlin. 'I just knew if I could do it in the 200, then I was pretty sure I could go after the world record in the 100. It was just a matter of putting it together. I just went out like it was a 50 and brought it back home.'

Coughlin then wrapped up the meet by winning her fourth event in the 50-meter fly, setting an American and U.S. Open record with a time of 25.83. Former Cal swimmer Haley Cope was fourth with a time of 27.24.

Earlier this summer, Coughlin won the world title in the 100-meter back at the 2001 World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan. She also established a new American record in the 100-meter back with a time of 1:00.16, leading off a relay.

Several other current Cal swimmers performed well at the FINA World Cup. In the 200 back Tuesday, senior Alice Henriques placed fourth with a time of 2:10.83 and freshman Amy Ng was eighth with a time of 2:19.14. On Wednesday in the 100 back, besides Coughlin's victory, Cope placed second with a time of 1:00.84 and Henriques was eighth with a time of 1:02.73.

In the 100 free, Cope was fourth (55.91) and sophomore Danielle Becks was sixth (55.98). Becks also performed well in the 400 free, placing seventh (4:21.14). Ng was an impressive third in the 400 IM (4:51.29) and Henriques was fifth in the 200 fly (2:18.26) Wednesday.

Junior breaststroker Staciana Stitts was also stellar at the FINA Cup, placing fifth in the 200 breast (2:29.31), sixth in the 50 breast (32.08) and seventh in the 100 breast (1:10.57).

Cal men and women swimmers will next compete Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at the Texas Invitational in Austin, TX.

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