Coughlin Sets Meet Record at U.S. Olympic Trials
July 8, 2004
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Natalie Coughlin set a meet record at the U.S. Olympic Trials this morning with her 1:00.71 time in the women's 100-meter backstroke preliminaries. The recent Cal grad already holds the world record in the event, 59.58, set in 2002.
Coughlin will be joined in the semi-finals tonight by Cal alum Haley Cope who finished fifth in the preliminaries with a 1:02.87 mark. Golden Bear sophomore Helen Silver also competed, taking 35th place in 1:05.07.
Cal alum Staciana Stitts put herself one step closer to Athens this morning, finishing first in the women's 100-meter breaststroke preliminaries. Stitts, who clocked in at 1:07.20, will swim in the semi-finals of the event tonight. Cal freshman Annie Babicz finished 37th in the same event, with a time of 1:13.43.
Below are Cal's finishers. Full event results are available at www.usaswimming.org.
2004 U. S. Olympic Team Trials