June 30, 2003
University of California junior swimming star Natalie Coughlin won each event she competed in at the 36th Santa Clara International Invitational in Santa Clara, Calif. The invitational, hosted by the Santa Clara Swim Club, was held June 26-29 at the George F. Haines International Swim Center.
Friday evening, Coughlin won the 100-long course meter freestyle (55.01) and 100m butterfly (59.00). She added a win in the 100m backstroke (1:00.98) on Saturday and finished the weekend off strong, capturing the 200m back (2:13.72) on Sunday. Coughlin currently owns the world record in the 100m back (59.58) and American records in both the 100m free (53.99) and 200m back (2:08.53). Those three records were set during Coughlin's incredible month of August last year where she became the first swimmer since 1978 to win five national titles in one meet and won six medals at the Pan Pacific Championships in Yokohama, Japan.
The invitational was a part of the USA Swimming Grand Prix series and served as a final tune-up meet before the 2003 FINA World Aquatics Championships, which begin July 21-27 in Barcelona, Spain. Coughlin, a U.S. National Team member, will compete in seven events at that meet.
In addition to Coughlin, the invitational featured several other prominent current and former Cal swimmers competing in the finals. These included Olympic gold medallist and former Golden Bear Anthony Ervin, world team member and former Cal standout Haley Cope and current Bears Amy Ng, Ashley Chandler, Kate Tiedeman, Alex Lim, John Dorr, Michael Cavic and Miguel Molina.
Cope won the 50m free (25.79) and was runner-up to Coughlin in the 100m back (1:02.46). She also finished 10th in both the 100m free (56.90) and 100m fly (1:02.42). Chandler finished 12th in the 200m free (2:04.59) and 18th in the 200m IM (2:29.38), while Ng took 16th in the 200m IM (2:26.16) and 18th in the 200m back (2:29.45). Tiedeman also competed in the 200m back finishing 17th (2:27.59). Among the Bear men, Ervin placed seventh in the 50m free (23.02), while Cavic took second in the 100m fly (53.72) and 11th in the 100m free (58.70). Lim finished fourth in both the 100m back (56.44) and 200m back (2:02.42), while Dorr finished in 11th and 12th places respectively in the 400 (4:33.84) and 200m IM (2:09.15). Molina also competed in the 200 IM finishing seventh (2:08.24).
Complete results of the 36th Santa Clara International Invitational can be found at http://www.santaclaraswimclub.org/Meets/2003International/Results/index.htm. Information on the FINA World Championships can be found at http://www.bcn03.org/.