Aug. 13, 2002
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - - Junior Natalie Coughlin broke the world record in the 100-meter backstroke at the U.S. National Championships and became 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.
The championships, which take place from August 12-17, is 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.
Wednesday's schedule includes the men's and women's 50-meter free, men's and women's 200-meter fly, men's 200-meter breast and 800-meter free relay and women's 200-meter free. Senior Anthony Ervin (50m free) and sophomores Brooks Jenkins and Caleb Rowe (200m breast) are slated for preliminaries in the freestyle and breaststroke events. Coughlin and junior Danielle Becks will compete in the 200-meter free prelims, while Becks will also race in the 50-meter free prelims along with Cope. Sophomore Lisa Morelli will compete in the 200-meter fly prelims.