Natalie Coughlin Wins Another National Title

March 28, 2001

AUSTIN, Texas - Cal freshman swimming sensation Natalie Coughlin captured another national title Wednesday when she won the 100-meter butterfly at the USA Swimming National Championships in Austin, Texas.

Coughlin covered the distance in 59.38, edging out Mary Descenza (59.39).

'I'm pretty tired,' Coughlin said of her hectic schedule. 'This is my spring break, and I've had a long season. My goal was just to make the (World Championship) team. It doesn't matter in what. I did (make the team) and I'm happy.'

Earlier this month, Coughlin was named NCAA Swimmer of the Year after winning three events at the NCAA meet - the 100- and 200-yard backstroke and the 100-yard butterfly - setting NCAA marks in each event. Her times both backstroke events were also American records.

In addition, Coughlin, who is a nominee for the Honda Sports Award in swimming, helped the Bears to three second-place NCAA finishes in the relays, as well.

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