Coughlin Makes Olympic Team in Second Event

July 12, 2004

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Natalie Coughlin ensured that she will swim in at least two events in Athens tonight at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Coughlin finished second in the women's 100-meter freestyle final at 54.42 to secure a spot in the event at the Olympics. Coughlin is the American record holder in the event. She will also compete in the 100-meter backstroke for the United States.

Alum Staciana Stitts will miss the Olympics after finishing eighth in the finals of the women's 200-meter breaststroke.

Gary Hall Jr. and Sabir Muhammad, who train with California Aquatics both advanced to the men's 50-meter final today while Gabrielle Rose, who also trains with men's co-head coach Mike Bottom, finished eighth in the women's 100-meter freestyle competition.

NBC will air taped coverage of the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials on Sunday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to noon. Cal-associated finishers are shown below. Full results can be found at www.usaswimming.org.

2004 U. S. Olympic Team Trials

Women 100 LC Meter Freestyle Final2 Coughlin, Natalie 21 California Aquatics 54.428 Rose, Gabrielle 26 California Aquatics 56.07

Women 200 LC Meter Breaststroke Final8 Stitts, Staciana 22 Irvine Novaquatics 2:30.33

Men 50 LC Meter Freestyle Semi-finals 2 Hall, Gary 29 California Aquatics 22.12 3 Muhammad, Sabir 28 California Aquatics 22.20

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