In her official return to competitive swimming in 2 weeks after a 3-year hiatus, Natalie Coughlin has been named the team captain of the D.C. Trident of the International Swimming League (ISL). She will be backed-up by vice-captain Cody Miller. The two were voted into their positions by their teammates.
The 37-year old Coughlin last raced at the 2016 US Olympic Trials, where she came up short of the US Olympic Team for the first time since 2000. Coughlin and her husband Ethan Hall (a swim coach in California) had their first child in 2018.
Coughlin is the owner of 12 Olympic medals, which ties her for the most among female American athletes in all sports. That includes 3 golds, having won back-to-back titles in the 100 back in 2004 and 2008. In 2002, she became the first woman ever to break 1 minute in the long course 100 meter backstroke.
While Coughlin has been away from racing for a while, she never declared a formal retirement. She is also a renowned underwater specialist, having been one of the best-ever short course yards swimmers in the NCAA. That will play to her benefit in the first season of the ISL, which will be held entirely in short course meters.
Miller, meanwhile, is a 2-time Olympic medalist, having won gold as part of the American men’s 400 medley relay at the 2016 Olympic Games, and also a bronze medal individually. This summer, the 27-year old Miller took a silver medal in the 100 breaststroke at the Pan American Games. He was also part of the American mixed 400 medley relay that initially won gold but was disqualified after an official called Miller for taking more than the one allotted dolphin kick on his underwater pullout.
Miller has among the biggest reaches of any active swimmer thanks to his YouTube channel, which currently has over 111,000 subscribers.
Current 2019 ISL Roster for the DC Trident:
|Zach Apple||Anika Apostalon|
|Kevin Cordes||Emma Barksdale|
|Abrahm DeVine||Lisa Bratton|
|Ian Finnerty||Natalie Coughlin|
|Zane Grothe||Bethany Galat|
|Zach Harting||Sarah Gibson|
|Robert Howard||Siobhán Haughey|
|Jay Litherland||Tristan Hollard|
|Cody Miller||Madison Kennedy|
|Giles Smith||Katie Ledecky|
|Velimir Stjepanovic||Leah Neale|
|Jérémy Stravius||Leiston Pickett|
|Andreas Vazaios||Brianna Throssell|