Coughlin Makes Her First Olympics

July 9, 2004

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Golden Bear alumni Natalie Coughlin and Haley Cope will represent the United States in the women's 100-meter backstroke in Athens this summer. Coughlin earned her first trip to the Olympics tonight with her 59.85 first-place finish in the 100-meter backstroke at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Cope came in second to secure the other spot in the event with a 1:01.24 time.

Junior Lauren Medina will miss the finals for the 200-meter freestyle after finishing 16th in the semi-final this evening with a time of 2:04.50.

Alum Staciana Stitts finished fourth in the women's 100-meter breaststroke finals. Only the top two finishers in an event make the Olympic team.

NBC will broadcast taped coverage of the U.S. Swimming Olympic Trials tonight from 8-9 p.m.

Cal finishers are shown below, full results can be seen at

2004 U. S. Olympic Team Trials

Women 100 LC Meter Backstroke Finals1 Coughlin, Natalie 21 California Aquatics 59.852 Cope, Haley 25 Chico Aqua-Jets 1:01.24

Women 200 LC Meter Freestyle Semi-Finals16 Medina, Lauren 21 California Aquatics 2:04.50

Women 100 LC Meter Breaststroke Finals4 Stitts, Staciana 22 Irvine Novaquati 1:08.27 1:08.00

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