Coughlin and Cope Advance to Olympic Trials Finals Again

July 13, 2004

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Alumni Natalie Coughlin and Haley Cope both advanced to the women's 50-meter freestyle finals, which will take place tomorrow night, by finishing in the top eight this evening at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Coughlin tied for fifth in the semi-final at 25.39 while Cope finished seventh in 25.46.

Gary Hall Jr., who trains with men's co-head coach Mike Bottom in Berkeley, made the U.S. Olympic team by winning the men's 50-meter freestyle (21.91). Training mate Sabir Muhammad finished fourth, 22.41.

NBC will air taped coverage of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for swimming on Sunday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The trials conclude tomorrow.

2004 U. S. Olympic Team Trials

Women 50 LC Meter Freestyle 5 Coughlin, Natalie 21 California Aquatics 25.39 7 Cope, Haley 25 Chico Aqua-Jets 25.46

Men 50 LC Meter Freestyle 1 Hall, Gary 29 California Aquatics 21.91 4 Muhammad, Sabir 28 California Aquatics 22.41

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