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.

In the women's 400-meter freestyle preliminaries, Cal sophomore Ashley Chandler finished 34th in 4:20.28. She was followed by Cal freshman Erin Reilly who came in 40th at 4:21.04.

Below are Cal's finishers. Full event results are available at

2004 U. S. Olympic Team Trials

Women 100 LC Meter Backstroke1 Coughlin, Natalie California Aquat 1:00.71M5 Cope, Haley Chico Aqua-Jets 1:02.8735 Silver, Helen California Aquatics 1:05.07

Women 100 LC Meter Breaststroke Preliminaries1 Stitts, Staciana 22 Irvine Novaquatics 1:07.2037 Babicz, Anne 18 California Aquatics 1:13.43

Women 400 LC Meter Freestyle34 Chandler, Ashley 20 California Aquatics 4:20.2840 Reilly, Erin 19 California Aquatics 4:21.04

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