Freshman Natalie Coughlin leads Cal Swimming at Rice Invitational.

Nov. 11, 2000

HOUSTON, TX - University of California freshman Natalie Coughlin rewrote a significant chunk of the Rice Pool record book this weekend by breaking two more records Saturday at the Rice Invitational.

Coughlin set a new mark in the 500 freestyle at 4:51.44 and the 100 butterfly at 54.22. The 100 butterfly mark had stood for more than five years after Olympic silver medalist and former SMU swimmer Martina Moracova set the record of 54.57 in Oct. 1995.

Coughlin now owns five Rice Pool records after breaking records in the 200 free, 200 back and 100 free Friday night in the Continental Airlines Classic.

Other top swims for the Bears at Saturday's Rice Invitational included Cope winning the 100 back (56.41) and Cal winning the 200 medley relay (1:45.64) and 500 free relay (4:05.43).

In all, 10 Rice Pool records fell during the weekend -- Eight on Friday, two on Saturday.

New Records

200 Free Natalie Coughlin California 1:48.59100 Back Haley Cope California 55.71400 IM Corrie Clark Penn State 4:23.15200 Back Natalie Coughlin California 1:59.83500 Free Samantha Arsenault Michigan 4:50.58200 Breast Kristen Woodring Penn State 2:14.55100 Free Natalie Coughlin California 50.66500 Free Natalie Coughlin California 4:51.44100 Fly Natalie Coughlin California 54.22400 Free Relay Jennifer Crisman Michigan 3:25.64 Melissa Sugar Laura Kaznecki Samantha Arsenault

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