Coughlin Advances To 100 Free Semi-Final at Olympic Trials

July 11, 2004

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Former Cal swimmer Natalie Coughlin took the first step towards qualifying in a second Olympic event with a first-place finish in the preliminaries of the women's 100-meter freestyle. Coughlin, who will swim the 100-meter backstroke for the United States in Athens, touched the wall in 55.23.

Alum Haley Cope also qualified for tonight's 100-meter freestyle semi-final at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Cope finished 12th in 56.29. Keiko Price, who trains with head coach Teri McKeever in Berkeley, finished 35th in the event, timed at 57.49.

Alum Staciana Stitts will swim in tonight's 200-meter breast semi-final after finishing second in the preliminary this morning. Stitts swam the course in 2:29.96.

NBC will broadcast live from the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials tonight from 8-9 p.m.

Cal-associated finishers are shown below. For full results, visit www.usaswimming.org.

2004 U. S. Olympic Team Trials

Women 100 LC Meter Freestyle Preliminaries1 Coughlin, Natalie 21 California Aquatics 55.2312 Cope, Haley 25 Chico Aqua-Jets 56.2935 Price, Keiko 25 California Aquatics 57.49

Women 200 LC Meter Breaststroke Preliminaries2 Stitts, Staciana 22 Irvine Novaquatics 2:29.96

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