Natalie Coughlin Competes at Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix

May 13, 2010

BERKELEY - California alumna and Olympic star Natalie Coughlin is competing in the Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix that starts today, Thursday, and runs through Sunday, May 16, at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.

Coughlin is competing in just her second official meet since the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She last swam in the Austin Grand Prix in March.

The Charlotte meet will consist of morning preliminary races, starting at 12 p.m. PT, and finals that begin at 7 p.m. PT today and that being at 9 p.m. PT from Friday through Sunday. Thursday's action will include just two races - finals in the women's 800-meter freestyle and men's 1500-meter freestyle.

Competition footage from the Charlotte UltraSwim will be broadcast by both Universal Sports and Swimnetwork.com. Universal Sports will air live footage from the finals on its digital cable channel. Swimnetwork.com will provide a live online stream of the Universal Sports broadcast. In addition, Swimnetwork.com will webcast the two finals on May 13, and the prelims from each day of competition. Swimnetwork.com will also feature on-demand footage from finals as well as behind-the-scenes interviews from the pool deck.

Universal Sports will provide a rebroadcast of its finals package each night from May 14-16. Three-time Olympic gold medalist and NBC Sports Olympic swimming analyst Rowdy Gaines will provide commentary for the event alongside play-by-play announcer Ted Robinson. For more broadcast information, please visit UniversalSports.com/swimming.

For more information, including ticket prices, please visit the Charlotte UltraSwim website at CharlotteUltraSwim.com.

The Grand Prix Series serves as an opportunity for swimmers to race against some of the best competition in the country, as they continue their preparation for the 2010 ConocoPhillips National Championships and the 2010 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships, both of which will take place in Irvine, Calif. The last two stops of the Grand Prix series are in Santa Clara, Calif., and Los Angeles.

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