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Swimming - 03. December 2007.

Coughlin Medals Twice on Second Night of ConocoPhillilps USA Swimming

ATLANTA, Ga. – Club Wolverine set the American and U.S. Open records in the 800y free relay Friday at the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming Short Course National Championships.

Natalie Coughlin/photo by Neil Hodge

Olympian Natalie Coughlin (Vallejo, Calif.) won her second event of the meet in the women’s 100m backstroke, turning in a time of 50.64, third-fastest of all-time. Coughlin now owns the top 12 fastest times in history. Finishing behind her was 2004 Olympic teammate Margaret Hoelzer in 52.30. National Teamer Leila Vaziri (Coral Springs, Fla.) was third in 53.13.

A trio of 2004 Olympians headed to the medal stand in the 100y butterfly, led by Olympian Rachel Komisarz (Louisville, Ky.), who took gold in 50.10. The time was just nine-hundredths shy of the American record. Coughlin, the record-holder, took silver in 50.23. Dana Vollmer (Granbury, Tx.) was third in 51.69.

“It’s incredible. It would have been awesome to get an American record. I’m really happy, but a little faster would have been a little bit nicer.

Hometown favorite Kathleen Hersey led the field from start to finish in the women’s 400y IM, turning in a time of 4:04.19. Rounding out the medals were Olympian Kaitlin Sandeno (Lake Forest, Calif.) in 4:06.12 and Auburn’s Ava Ohlgren (Northville, Mich.) in 4:09.50.

Olympian Kara Lynn Joyce (Ann Arbor, Mich.) came out on top of the women’s 200y freestyle with a time of 1:44.14. Kim Vandenberg (Moraga, Calif.) finished in 1:44.37 for silver, while Auburn’s Caitlin Geary took bronze in 1:44.85.

National Teamer Jessica Hardy (Long Beach, Calif.) cruised to a victory in the women’s 100y breast, touching about a body-length ahead of the rest of the field in 58.74. Hardy’s performance made her the second-fastest in history, behind National Team standout Tara Kirk. Finishing second was Elizabeth Tinnon (Bowling Green, Ky.) in 1:00.01, while Florida Atlantic’s Elle Weberg (Boca Raton, Fla.) was third in 1:00.26.

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