More on Natalie -- November 2, 2002
ATHENS, GEORGIA, November 1. CAL'S Natalie Coughlin not only won three events, set three meet records and swim three seasonal-best times here this evening in the Golden Bears' loss to Georgia.
She also swam the fastest times ever for her races in a collegiate dual meet.
In the 100 free, her 48.06 eclipses the old best of 48.69 by Florida's Nicole Haislett, American record-holder in the 200 yard freestyle. Haislett swam her time during a meet against Texas at Gainesville in January of 1993, and won the Olympic gold 200 meter free at Barcelona the previous summer.
Coughlin's 48.06 is also the 11th-fastest performance ever. She holds the American/NCAA record with her 47.47, set while leading off Cal's 400 free relay at last spring's NCAAs in Austin.
In the 100 back, her winning 53.62, while far from being among the Top 10 performances of all-time (cut is 52.47 with Coughlin having eight of them, including the Top 6 plus No.s 8,9) is still quicker than the old 53.66 by Olympic 200 fly gold medalist Misty Hyman. Hyman did her time in a dual against Cal at Berkeley two years ago.
Coughlin's 100 fly clocking (51.90) surpasses her old record of 52.35 from last year's Stanford dual at Stanford, and is 15th on the all-time performances list. Here Coughlin "only" has four of the all-time Top 10 perforamaces -- Nos. 1-2, 4-5.
Georgia froshwoman Sarah Poewe's 1:01.13 that won the 100 breast is also among the fastest dual meet times ever. The record is 1:00.19 by Stanford's Tara Kirk, American/NCAA record-holder (58.68 from last season's Pac-10s at Belmont Plaza).
The 200 breast dual meet record is 2:10.40 by Arizona State sophomore Agnes Kovacs. She's defending Olympic and World 200 meter breaststroke champ, and was second to Kirk at NCAAs in the 200.
Hyman, incidentally, holds the 200 back dual-meet record with her 1:55.01 from the Texas, SMU tri-meet at Austin in January of '99.
-- Bill Bell