April 2, 2003
For the second consecutive year, University of California junior Natalie Coughlin won the 2002-03 Honda Award for Swimming and Diving. The honor, given annually to the nation's top collegiate female swimmer, automatically nominates her for the Honda-Broderick Cup to be presented to the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year at a banquet to be held mid-June in New York City.
Coughlin joins four other athletes who are in contention for the Honda-Broderick Cup-Shalane Flanagan (cross country, North Carolina), Christine Sinclair (soccer, Portland), Tiffany Snow (field hockey, Old Dominion) and Logan Tom (volleyball, Stanford). Twelve athletes total will be in the running for the cup.
Coughlin had her finest season yet in 2002-03, and recently earned her third straight NCAA Swimmer of the Year award. Two weeks ago, Coughlin became the NCAA's first three-time titilist in the 100-yard butterfly, 100 back and 200 back. She owns the American and NCAA record in each of those events. In all, Coughlin broke three world, seven American and three NCAA records during the 2002-03 season. In three seasons at Cal, Coughlin has nine national titles and a perfect Pac-10 dual meet race record (43-0). Other honors she earned this past year include being named the 2002 Swimmer of the Year by USA Swimming and the 2002 Female World Swimmer of the Year by Swimmer's World magazine.
Coughlin joins Mary T. Meagher as Cal swimmers who have won the Honda Sports Award. Meagher earned the honor following the 1984-85 and 1986-87 seasons. Meagher is the only female Golden Bear athlete to win the Honda-Broderick Cup (1987). With Coughlin's three NCAA individual titles this season, she has now surpassed Meagher for the most national titles by a Cal women's swimmer.
For more information on The Honda Sports Awards, contact Tora Grossman at 858-755-387 or via email at email@example.com.