IN the final meet of her high school career, Cardondolet High School senior, Natalie Coughlin, set two national independent school marks this weekend at the North Coast Sectional CIF meet. California does not have a state championship
A potential Olympian who has been struggling with shoulder problems, Coughlin, 17, broke her own independent school marks in both the 100 yard butterfly and 200 yard individual medley. In 1998, when she set those records, she was named Swimming World's female "High School Swimmer of the Year."
This year, Coughlin clocked 54.02 in the 100 fly, breaking the 54.11 record she set in 1998. Misty Hyman holds the national public school (and overall high school) record at 52.41, set in 1996.
In the 200 IM, Coughlin, touched in 1:58.45, erasing her own standard of 1:58.84 from two years ago. Allison Wagner holds the public school record at 1:58.91.
Coughlin wasn't the only swimmer to turn in fast swims at North Coast, perenially one of the fastest high school meets in the country. Campolindo sophomore Kim Vandenberg stroked a nation-leading 49.41 for the 100 yard freestyle. Her time fell seven-hundredths shy of the national high school mark of 49.34 set by Nicole Haislett in 1989.