Coughlin Wins Six Medals in Japan
Aug. 29, 2002
YOKOHAMA, Japan - Junior Natalie Coughlin won six medals and former Cal star Haley Cope added one at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships. Cal's head coach Teri McKeever, was an assistant woman's coach at the competition that took place Aug. 24-29 in Yokohama, Japan.
Coughlin tied for first with Diana Munz for the most gold medals, and she and Ian Thorpe led the championships with the most overall medals. Coughlin won three individual events, the 100-meter freestyle, 100-meter backstroke and 100-meter butterfly, while notching another gold in the 800-meter freestyle relay.
Coughlin set an American record, 53.99, in the 100m free, becoming just the second woman in history to break 54 seconds in the event. In the 100m back, she again broke the one minute barrier to win in 59.72, setting a meet record. It also stands as the second fastest time in history, behind her world record of 59.58 that she set in last week's U.S. National Championships.
As part of the 800m free relay team, Coughlin and her teammates set a meet record at 7:56.96, just missing the American record time of 7:56.53. She also earned silver medals in the 400-meter free relay and 400-meter medley relay.
With a personal best time of 1:01.74, Cope notched a bronze medal in the 100-meter backstroke.
Coughlin-4 gold (100m free, 100m back, 100m fly, 800m FR); 2 silver (400m FR, 400m MR)
Cope-1 bronze (110m back)