Cal's Natalie Coughlin Wins NCAA Titles in the 100 Back and 100 Fly.
March 16, 2001
East Meadow, NY - Cal freshman swimming sensation Natalie Coughlin won two NCAA titles and set two NCAA records Friday in the second day of the 2001 NCAA Championship at the Nassau Aquatic Center in East Meadow, NY.
Coughlin first won the NCAA title in the 100 fly with an NCAA record time of 51.18, topping the former record mark of 51.34 set by Stanford's Misty Hyman 1998. Coughlin actually defeated Hyman in this year's NCAAs.
Coughlin then won the NCAA title in the 100 back with an NCAA record, American record and U.S. Open record time of 51.23 again surpassing Misty Hyman's old record time of 51.66. And, just like in the 100 fly, Coughlin defeated Hyman in this year's NCAA meet.
Another highlight for the Bears in the second day of the NCAAs was Cal's 200 medley relay team of senior Haley Cope, sophomore Staciana Stitts, Coughlin and sophomore Michelle Harper placing second nationally and setting an American record with a time of 1:38.44, surpassing the old American record of 1:38.56 set by Auburn.
Cal is currently seventh in team standings with 188 points.
Complete results of the NCAA Women's Swimming Championship can be found at www.ncaachampionship.com.