Coughlin, Hardy Help USA Take on Australia

Aug. 3, 2005

IRVINE - Former Cal swimmer Natalie Coughlin and incoming freshman Jessica Hardy posted one first-place and three second-place finishes for team USA at Tuesday's Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool, which featured head-to-head competition between the USA and the Australian men's and women's swim teams.

Overall, the USA took first in 18 of 28 events and outscored Australia 190-102 in front of a sold-out crowd of 2,600 at the William J. Woollett Aquatic Center. Although the USA won the overall team competition, the Australian women scored more points than the USA, tallying an unofficial total of 76-60.

Coughlin won the 100-meter backstroke in a time of 1:00.67. Hardy took second in the 100 breaststroke, an event in which she set the world record last week (1:06.20) at the World Championships. Her time Tuesday was 1:06.61.

In the relays, Coughlin and Hardy teamed up in the USA's second-place showing in the 400 medley relay (4:00.24). Coughlin was also a member of the 400 free relay team, which posted a second-place time of 3:38.72.

The Duel in the Pool will be broadcast Saturday, Aug. 6, from 1-3 p.m. and again on Sunday, Aug. 7, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., on NBC.

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