Coughlin Breaks World Record in the 100-meter Butterfly

June 30, 2008

Omaha, Neb. - Cal legend Natalie Coughlin set a world record of 59.03 in the preliminaries of the 100-meter backstroke at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials on Monday morning. The world record actually fell twice in prelims when Hayley McGregory first broke Coughlin's previous world record with a time of 59.15 in heat No. 15. Four minutes later, Coughlin reclaimed the crown. The record before Monday's prelims was set by Coughlin at 59.21 at the Missouri Grand Prix on Feb. 17.

Current Golden Bear Lauren Rogers, along with Coughlin, moved into the semifinals of the 100 back later tonight after she swam a 1:01.01 in her respective heat.

Other Cal notables include Dana Vollmer competing in the finals of the 100-meter butterfly tonight at the Qwest Center. The top two swimmers of that event will punch their ticket to Beijing.

USA Network will carry tonight's action at 8:00 p.m. (PT). Please check your local listings for channel lineup. Additionally, fans can follow all the action via the web at and