Natalie Coughlin Sets World Record at FINA World Cup

Nov. 22, 2002

BERKELEY-- - Junior Natalie Coughlin set a short-course world record in the 100m butterfly with a time of 56.34 in the first day of competition at the FINA World Cup held at the Nassau County Aquatic Center in East Meadow, N.Y.

Coughlin smashed the previous world record of 56.55 set by Martina Moravcova of Slovakia in Jan. 26, 2002. It is Coughlin's fourth overall world record and also stands as a new American and U.S. Open record. At this meet last year, she broke two world records in winning the 100m and 200m back titles.

Coughlin also set a new American record in the 50m back, winning the event with a time of 27.08. Former Golden Bear star Haley Cope set the previous American record of 27.21 on Nov. 16, 2002 at the FINA World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In New York, Cope notched the runner-up finish behind Coughlin at 27.38.

Coughlin also defended her title in the 200m back (2:05.76), while former Cal standout Alice Henriques finished fourth (2:13.14) and freshman Helen Silver placed sixth (2:15.22).

Freshman Ashley Chandler placed fifth in the 800m free (8:49.46).

The FINA World Cup concludes Saturday, Nov. 23rd. For compete results check www.usa-swimming.org.

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