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Natalie Coughlin
Position: Volunteer Assistant
Alma Mater: Cal
Graduating Year: 2005

Cal's Most Decorated Swimmer of All-Time

Just the third American woman to win five Olympic medals at one meet, including two gold in the 100-meter backstroke and as a member of the world record-setting 4x200-meter freestyle relay ... first woman to swim the 100 back in less than one minute, and became the first woman to swim the 100 back in under 59 seconds (58.97 - world record) at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Time Trials in Omaha, Neb. broke her own 5-year-old world record in the 100 back at the 2007 World Championships ... named the 2002 USA Swimming Swimmer of the Year ... three-time NCAA Swimmer of the Year ... three-time Sullivan Award finalist (nation's top amateur athlete) ... first person since Tracy Caulkins (1978) to win five U.S. National titles at one meet (August 2002) ... broke the American record in the 200m IM at the 2008 Janet Evans Invitational (since broken at U.S. Olympic Time Trials).

World Championship Success: (WR = World Record, AR = American Record)

Holds WR in 100m BK, set at 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials ... ... holds WR in 800m FR-R, set at 2007 World Championships ... holds WR in 100m IM (SCM), set at 2002 US FINA World Cup NY ... holds WR in 100m BK (SCM), set at 2002 US FINA World Cup NY ... former AR in 200m IM, set at 2008 CA Janet Evans Invite ... holds AR in 100m FR, set at 2008 XLI Santa Clara International ... holds AR in 100m BK (Prelim), set at 2008 Missouri Grand Prix ... former AR holder in 200m FR, set at 2007 World Championships ... Holds AR in 100m FL, set at 2007 World Championships ... holds AR in 200y FR, set at 2007 Long Beach Grand Prix ... former AR holder in 200m BK, set at 2002 US Phillips 66 Nationals ... holds AR in 100y FR, set at 2002 Women's NCAA Champs ... holds AR in 200y BK, set at 2002 Women's NCAA Champs ... holds AR in 100y FL, set at 2002 Women's NCAA Champs ... holds AR in 100y BK, set at 2002 Women's NCAA Champs ... holds USO in 200m IM, set at 2008 CA Janet Evans Inv ... holds USO in 200y FR, set at 2007 Long Beach Grand Prix

Coughlin's Cal career highlights:
• Won 12 NCAA titles - the second-most career titles for a women's swimmer in NCAA history.
• Went undefeated in dual meets over four years, going 61-0.
• Cal school record holder in the 100, 200 and 500 free, 100 and 200 back, 100 and 200 fly and 200 IM. Also a member of school record-setting 200 and 400 medley 200 free and 400 free relays.
• Holds 17 American, 11 Cal, six NCAA and four current world records.
• Has broken 35 individual American records and three American relay records.
• Honored as a three-time NCAA Swimmer of the Year (2001, 2002, 2003) and three-time Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year (2001, 2002, 2003).
• Named 2004 Female Collegiate Athlete of the Year by Sports Illustrated On Campus and 2003 athlete of the Year by the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame, alongside Cal football player Geoff McArthur and Giants baseball player Barry Bonds.
• Chosen as the 2002 Female World Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World magazine.
• One of five finalists for the AAU James E. Sullivan Award given to the nation's best amateur athlete for two consecutive seasons.
• Two-time winner of the Honda Award for Swimming and Diving.
• At the 2004 Olympics, Coughlin won five Olympic medals, tying for the most medals ever by a U.S. female athlete in one Games.
• Olympic medals include: gold medals in the 100-meter backstroke and the 4x200-meter relay, silver medals in the 4x100-meter freestyle and medley relays and a bronze in the 100-meter freestyle.
• In 2003, became the NCAA's first three-time title-winner in the 100-yard butterfly and 100 and 200-yard backstrokes. Coughlin owns the American and NCAA records in each of those events.

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