Coughlin and Franklin Take Outside Lanes for 100 Back Final Tomorrow

2016 U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin and three-time Olympic gold medalist (12 time Olympic medalist) Natalie Coughlin will swim in the outside lanes of the women’s 100 backstroke final tomorrow.

The duo finished seventh and eighth in semifinals tonight, coming in just a hundredth of a second apart in 1:00.45 and 1:00.46.

Though the starpower will be in the outside lanes of the final, the speed and power from earlier in the meet will sit in the middle lanes of the final.

Most notably, Olivia Smoliga will swim in lane four tomorrow, after becoming the fifth-fastest American in history in the event. Smoliga clocked 59.16 tonight; and she now ranks behind Franklin (58.33), Coughlin (58.94), Rachel Bootsma (59.10), and Hayley McGregory (59.11) in the all-time American rankings.

Kathleen Baker is the second seed tomorrow night with 59.36. Amy Bilquist also came in under a minute, clocking 59.85.

See the full results of the women’s 100 back semifinals here.

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Marklewis

Olivia Smoliga is a world champion. She won the 2012 Worlds SC championships in Istanbul in the 100 Back in 56.64.

She won it out of Lane 1. She surprised herself by winning.

Did anyone else see this?

Maybe this 2016 Olympic Trials is “her time.”

Let\'s go ladies!

I know there are a million feel-good stories at these trials, but man am I hoping for some sort of miracle to get Missy and Coughlin on the team in this event. It’s good for swimming to have the superstars be superstars.

Riley

It’s also good for swimming to bring your two fastest swimmers, which in this case is probably Smoliga and Baker.

SUNY Cal

Wonder if either of them will end up scratching?? Especially Missy who has 200 free right before!!!

Attila the Hunt

Stop with insanity!
why are you calling the defending Olympics champion to scratch?
Even if Missy and Todd think they have no very little chance to qualify in 100 back, no way in hell they scratch.

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Hannah Hecht grew up in Kansas and spent most of her childhood trying to convince coaches to let her swim backstroke in freestyle sets. She took her passion to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and swam at NAIA Nationals all four years. After graduating in 2015, she moved to …

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