Coughlin Qualifies for U.S. World Championship Team

April 2, 2005

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - U.S. Olympian and former California All-American Natalie Coughlin qualified for the U.S. World Championship Team by winning the 100-meter backstroke at the World Championship Trials on Saturday at the IU Natatorium. Coughlin, competing for California Aquatics, swam a 1:01.08 to beat a field that included incoming Golden Bears signee Lauren Rogers, who was third in a time of 1:02.36. Rogers, swimming for the Terrapins Swim Team, will likely join the U.S. World University Games Team.

Cal junior Helen Silver (California Aquatics) also swam the 200 free, placing 21st with a time of 1:05.06 in the preliminary.

In the 200-meter freestyle, Cal senior Lauren Medina won the consolation heat in 2:01.55 to place ninth overall and junior Ashley Chandler was 10th (2:01.66) in the 200 free. Both will likely be picked to the U.S. World University Games Team. Cal sophomore Erin Reilly was 29th (2:04.14) and freshman Emily Silver was 55th (2:05.76) in the 200 free. All four are competing for California Aquatics.

On the men's side, Cal freshman John Foster (Irvine Novaquatics) placed third (1:52.45) in the C Final of the 200 free for 19th overall. Senior John Dorr, swimming unattached, was 34th (1:53.87) in the 200 free.

Cal sophomore Patrick O'Neil (Roseburg Swim Team) was second in the C Final and 19th overall (2:04.07) in the 200 butterfly.

Day three of the World Championship Trials begins on Sunday with the women's 100-meter breaststroke.

2005 World Championship Trials - Day 2 Final Results of Current, Former and Future California Golden Bears

Women's 100-Meter Backstroke
1. Natalie Coughlin (California Aquatics) 1:01.08. 3. Lauren Rogers (Terrapins Swim Team) 1:02.36.

Men's 200-Meter Freestyle
19. John Foster (Irvine Novaquatics) 1:52.45. 34. John Dorr (unattached) 1:53.87.

Women's 200-Meter Freestyle
9. Lauren Medina (California Aquatics) 2:01.55. 10. Ashley Chandler (California Aquatics) 2:01.66. 29. Erin Reilly (California Aquatics) 2:04.14. 55. Emily Silver (California Aquatics) 2:05.76.

Men's 200-Meter Butterfly
19. Patrick O'Neil (Roseburg Swim Team) 2:04.07.

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