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Swimming - 20. November 2007.

Olympians to Headline 2007 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming Short Course

National Championships in Atlanta, Nov. 29- Dec. 1

Coughlin Headlines Star-studded Field

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Top swimmers in the country, including multiple U.S. Olympians and world record-holders, will head to Atlanta for the 2007 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming Short Course National Championships, Nov. 29 - Dec. 1, 2007. The competition will be held at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, which was the site of the 1996 Olympic aquatic events. Among the Olympians expected to compete at the meet are Natalie Coughlin (Vallejo, Calif.) Katie Hoff (Towson, Md.). The meet will also feature 2008 Olympic hopeful Jessica Hardy (Long Beach, Calif.).

In addition to naming the 2007 Short Course National Champions, the meet will also serve as the selection meet for the 2008 FINA Short Course World Championships that will take place April 9-13, 2008, in Manchester, England. The top swimmer in each of the individual Olympic events will be invited to the U.S. Short Course World Championships Team.

The meet will follow the traditional schedule of morning prelims and evening finals with the morning sessions starting each day at 9 a.m. and evening finals beginning at 6 p.m. Four to six events will be contested daily. All-session passes are available for $15-$25, prelim session passes are $4 for adults and $3 for children, and final session passes are $7 for adults and $6 for children. For more information, visit usaswimming.org.

Media wishing to cover the event are advised to submit the online credential request form no later than Monday, Nov. 25.

Reasons to Cover the 2007 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming Short Course National Championships

Going the Distance at any Length: Olympic gold medalist Natalie Coughlin can succeed at any distance. Not only is she one of the fastest women in the world in long course yards, she also holds more individual short course yard American records than any other American woman. Coughlin, who owns a total of six individual American records. set five of the records more than four years ago. Will she break any records in Atlanta? Only time will tell.

Can It Get Any Better?: It’s hard to believe that Kate Ziegler could improve upon her already stellar 2007, a year in which she took home two gold medals at the 2007 FINA World Championships and also broke the longest-standing swimming world record when she shattered Janet Evans’ world record in the 1500m free. Still, Ziegler, who holds the American record in the 500y, 1000y, and 1650y free, has a shot to finish the year with American-record breaking swims in Atlanta.

About USA Swimming

As the National Governing Body for competitive swimming in the United States, USA Swimming formulates the rules, implements policies and procedures, conducts national championships, disseminates safety and sports medicine information and selects athletes to represent the United States in international competition. USA Swimming has more than 300,000 members nationwide and sanctions more than 7,000 events each year. For more information, visit usaswimming.org.

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