Coughlin, Cope, and Stitts Advance to Olympic Trials Finals

July 8, 2004

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Former Cal swimmers Natalie Coughlin and Haley Cope advanced from the semi-finals to the finals of the women's 100-meter backstroke today at the U.S. Olympic Trials with a 1-2 finish. As in the preliminaries, Coughlin finished first in the event, this time in 1:00.91. Cope finished second in the semi-final with a time of 1:01.67.

Fellow alum Staciana Stitts made the 100-meter breaststroke finals with her third-place finish in the semi-finals this evening. Stitts touched the wall in 1:08.27.

The finals of the women's 100-meter backstroke and the women's 100-meter breaststroke take place tomorrow evening. Cal finishers are shown below. For full results, please visit www.usaswimming.org.

2004 U. S. Olympic Team Trials

Women 100 LC Meter Backstroke Semi-Finals1 Coughlin, Natalie 21 California Aquatics 1:00.912 Cope, Haley 25 Chico Aqua-Jets 1:01.67

Women 100 LC Meter Breaststroke Semi-Finals 3 Stitts, Staciana 22 Irvine Novaquatics 1:08.27

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