Natalie Coughlin Shines With 100 Free Victory

Natalie Coughlin
Photo Courtesy: Azaria Basile

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California’s Natalie Coughlin, a living legend in the sport at 32, topped the women’s 100-meter free at the Arena Pro Swim Series Charlotte.

Coughlin, who had targeted the 50 and 100 free events to compete against Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, managed to pick up a victory against the younger sprinter with a 54.24.

SwimMAC’s Vanderpool-Wallace touched just behind with a time of 54.31 after winning the 50 free earlier in the meet.

Canada’s Chantal Van Landeghem raced her way to third with a time of 54.65.

Canada’s Sandrine Mainville (54.93), Bulldogs’ Shannon Vreeland (55.37), Canada’s Michelle Williams (55.43), Canada’s Penny Oleksiak (55.44) and Makos’ Amanda Kendall (56.10) placed fourth through eighth.

NBAC’s Allison Schmitt, who confirmed that she would follow Bob Bowman and Michael Phelps to Tempe to train this summer, took the B final win in 55.37.  Fellow Georgia Bulldog Olivia Smoliga took second in 55.96.


  • Women’s 800 free
  • Women’s 200 IM
  • Men’s 200 IM
  • Women’s 200 back
  • Men’s 200 back
  • Women’s 50 breast
  • Men’s 50 breast
  • Women’s 100 free
  • Men’s 100 free
  • Men’s 1500 free