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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, December 5. California’s Natalie Coughlin, who will be featured on the cover of Swimming World Magazine in January as part of an exclusive interview, continued to demonstrate her evolution into one of the most feared female sprinters in the world. She scorched the finale with a 21.51, just off her 2007 meet record of 21.46. Tonight’s time is her second-fastest swim ever as she now has doubled her amount of 21s this year. She previously had two from 2007, and now she’s up to four today.
SwimAtlanta’s Amanda Weir matched her lifetime best from 2008 with a second-place time of 21.62 as she continued pushing her way through a similar path as Coughlin as a veteran sprinter. Another veteran sprinter, Madison Kennedy of SwimMAC, finished third in 21.69. That battered her previous best of 21.87 from the 2008 NCAA Division I Championships.
NCAP’s Janet Hu claimed sole possession of the U.S. 17-18 National Age Group record with a fourth-place 21.82. That swim beat the 21.89 she clocked to tie Faith Johnson this morning.
SwimMAC’s Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace (21.91), Utah’s Traycie Swartz (22.15), SwimMAC’s Kelsi Hall (22.20), and Louisville’s Kelsi Worrell (22.67) also competed in the finale.