Aug. 15, 2002
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - With a win in the 100-meter freestyle (54.66), junior Natalie Coughlin notched her fourth victory in four days at the U.S. National Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Coughlin started out the week with a win over 10-time Olympic medalist Jenny Thompson in the 100m fly. She bested that by setting the world record in the 100m backstroke on Tuesday, becoming the first woman to swim the race in under one minute. Her record time of 59.58 broke China's Cihong He's 1994 mark of 1:00.16. Yesterday, she broke the U.S. Nationals record in the 200m free with a time of 1:58.20.
Friday's schedule includes the men's and women's 400 medley relay, the men's 100m butterfly and 1500m free and the women's 200m back and 800m free. The championships conclude Saturday with the women's 1500m free and men's 800m free events.
The U.S. National Championships are used as a consideration for team selection to such events as the 2002 Pan Pacific Championships, 2003 World Championships and 2003 World University and Pan American Games.