NATALIE COUGHLIN

 

Career Highlights

-Won her women’s record 20th career FINA World Championships medal with a gold medal in the 400m free relay in 2013 

-Qualified for the 2013 FINA World Championships with a win in the 50m free at Phillips 66 Nationals

-The 50m national LCM title was the 16th of her career in six different events

-Won bronze in the 400m free relay at the 2012 Olympic Games in 

London

-Qualified for the 2012 Olympic team by finishing sixth in the 100m free

-Collected a bronze medal in the 100m back at the 2011 FINA World Championships while helping the 4x100m medley relay set an American record and win gold; also picked up a silver in the 4x100m free relay and finished eighth in the 100m free 

-Won the 100m back, placed third in the 100m free, and helped the 4x100m free-relay and 4x100m med-relay to second place finishes at the 2010 FINA Short Course World Championships

-Claimed the national title in the 100m back during the 2010 CP National Championships

-First woman ever to win back-to-back Gold medals in the same event in consecutive Olympics, 100m back (2004/2008)

-Became the third woman to win five medals in a single Olympics 

-She became the first woman to swim the 100m back in less than one minute

-2002 USA Swimming Swimmer of the Year

-Three-time NCAA Swimming of the Year

-Three-time National 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). 

OLYMPIC HISTORY: 

-2012: (P) Bronze 4x100 Fr-R … 2008: Gold, 100m BK; Silver, 400m FR-R (AR)/ 400m MR; Bronze, 200m IM/100m FR (AR)/ 800m FR-R (AR) … 2004: Gold, 100m BK/800m FR-R(WR); Silver, 400m FR-R(AR) & 400m MR; Bronze, 100m FR  

WORLD CHAMPS HISTORY

-2013: Gold, 400m FR-R; 11th, 50m FR … 2011: Gold, 400m MR; Silver, 400m FR-R; Bronze, 100m BK; 8th, 100m FR … 2007: Gold, 100m BK(WR)/800m FR-R(WR); Silver, 400m FR-R(AR)/400m MR; Bronze, 100m FL(AR); 4th, 100m FR(AR); 8th, 50m FR … 2005: Gold, 800m FR-R; Silver, 100m FR(tie) & 400m MR; Bronze, 100m BK & 400m FR-R … 2003: Gold, 400m FR-R; Silver, 400m MR … 2001: Gold, 100m BK & 800m FR-R(AR); Silver, 400m MR; Bronze, 50m BK 

PAN PAC HISTORY

-2010: Gold, 100m FR & 400m FR-R & 400m MR; Bronze, 100m BK … 2006: Gold, 100m FR & all three relays; Silver, 50m FR & 100m BK … 2002: Gold, 100m FR(AR) & 100m BK & 100m FL; Gold, 800m FR-R; Silver, 400m FR-R & 400m MR … 1999: no medals 

-SC Worlds History: 2010: Gold, 100m BK; Silver, 4x100m FR-R / 4x100m MR; Bronze, 100m FR 

RECORDS

Holds WR in 100m BK (SCM), set at Duel In The Pool  … Holds WR in 400m MED-R (SCM), set at Duel In The Pool  … Former WR holder in 400m FR-R (SCM), set at Duel In The Pool  … Former WR holder in 100m BK (SCM), set at 2010 FINA World Champs (25m) … Former WR holder in 400m MED-R (SCM), set at 2010 FINA World Champs (25m) … Former WR holder in 400m FR-R (SCM), set at 2010 FINA World Champs (25m) … Former WR holder in 100m BK (Prelim), set at 2008 Olympic Trials … Former WR holder in 100m BK, set at 2008 Olympic Trials … Holds AR in 100y FR, set at Georgia Fall Invitational … Holds AR in 400m FR-R, set at 2008 Olympic Games … Holds AR in 400m MED-R, set at 2008 Olympic Games … Holds AR in 100m FR, set at 2008 PC XLI Santa Clara International … Holds AR in 200y FR, set at 2007 Long Beach Grand Prix … Holds USO in 200m IM, set at 2008 CA Janet Evans Invite … Holds USO in 100m BK (Prelim), set at 2008 Missouri Grand Prix … Holds USO in 200y FR, set at 2007 Long Beach Grand Prix 

ADDITIONAL HONORS

General Accolades:  

-Three-time Sullivan Award finalist for the nation’s top amateur athlete (2001 -02, 05)

-2004 Female Athlete of the Year and two-time Relay Performance of the Year (2004  Olympic and 2005 World Champ 800m free relay)

-2003 Women’s Sports Foundation  Sportswoman of the Year 

-2002 USA Swimming Athlete of the Year International:

-2002 Swimming World Female World Swimmer of the Year

Meet Honors:

-First woman under 1-minute in the 100m backstroke

-Swam the lead-off leg of the world record-setting 800m free-relay at the 2004 Olympic Games (the former 17-year-old record was the oldest one on the books); her lead-off split was the second- fastest time by an American woman and would have won the 200m free individually in Athens

-Three-time NCAA Swimmer of the Year (2001-03), won 11 of 12 possible NCAA titles over her career; also won one NCAA relay title

-2004 Sports Illustrated on Campus’ Female Athlete of the Year

High School:

-1998 Swimming World National High School Swimmer of the Year

-Top female point-getter on 1998 and 1999 Scholastic All-American teams