ATHENS, Georgia, December 4. DURING the final day of swimming at the Georgia Invitational, Natalie Coughlin clipped her American record in the 100-yard freestyle.
Coughlin clocked a blazing 46.84 in Athens, going out in 22.44 and coming back in 24.40, after posting a strong 47.72 during prelims. That performance bettered Coughlin's 2007 American record of 46.85 by the slimmest of margins. The swim is the fourth-fastest all time behind Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace's U.S. Open/NCAA record of 46.81 – a time Vanderpool-Wallace has clocked twice. She also owns the third-best time with a 46.82 – all three times from the 2011 collegiate championship season.
Meanwhile, Vanderpool-Wallace turned in a strong second-place finish of her own with a 46.99 in the race.
Coughlin now owns four of the top 10 times ever, while Vanderpool-Wallace has gone sub-47 five times now with a pair of 46.81s, 46.82, 46.91 and a 46.99.