Natalie Coughlin, continuing her tour through Italy, has broken the American Record in the 100 SCM IM at the Trofeo Internazionale di Nuoto “Mussi-Lombardi-Femiano” on Saturday. She won the race in 58.55, which takes a tenth of a second off of the 58.65 done by Ariana Kukors at the 2010 Short Course World Championships.
The swim moves Coughlin up to a tie for 11th 0n the all-time list with Great Britain’s Fran Halsall in an event that Americans only very rarely race. The World Record is a 56.86 belonging to Hungarian Katinka Hosszu.
The top 6 Americans of all-time:
- Natalie Coughlin, 2014, 58.55
- Ariana Kukors, 2010, 58.65
- Julia Smith, 2008, 58.90
- Katie Meili, 2014, 59.01
- Jenny Thompson, 1999, 59.30
- Missy Franklin, 2011, 59.44
Coughlin will swim at the short course meters World Championships in December, but her only entry is as part of the American 400 free relay. Until this fall, Coughlin hadn’t swum a single official backstroke race since the 2012 Olympic Trials, but as part of a three meet Italian tour so far in the last month, she’s been getting back into the backstroke/butterfly/IM races that made her so famous early in her career.
She now holds 8 American Records across the various courses, including two individually in short course meters (she also owns the 100 back in short course meters from the 2011 Duel in the Pool).