Natalie Coughlin, 12-time Olympic medalist, sits down wtih SwimSwam anchor Garrett McCaffrey.
At the Mesa Grand Prix Natalie swam a personal best time in the 50 free, 24.90, signaling a “sprint” shift in her career for the future.
2013 Mesa Grand Prix Women’s 50 freestyle as reported by Morgan Priestley:
To close out the evening session, we saw another great effort from Natalie Coughlin. After swimming a season-best 100 free yesterday morning that was good for top ten in the world, she was destined for a great swim in the 50. When all was said and done, Coughlin broke 25 seconds for the first final time since 2008. Her final time was 24.90, tops among Americans, and tied for 5th-best in the world this year. After taking a break this summer, Coughlin appears to have put the other strokes on the back burner, focusing almost exclusively on the sprint freestyles, which includes training extensively with Nathan Adrian and Anthony Ervin. Jessica Hardy, who finaled for the U.S. in this event last summer in London, was 2nd in 25.38. Christine Magnuson touched just behind in 3rd (25.47).
2013 Mesa Grand Prix Women’s 100 freestyle as reported by Braden Keith:
The biggest “wow” of the meet’s first session came from Natalie Coughlin, who is swimming her first meet on American soil as a 30-year old this weekend. She swam a 54.44 to easily take the top seed in the 100 free in 54.44. She’s now been better than 55 seconds in this race in every meet she’s raced since the Olympics (this is her third), showing that she still has great value at least on American relays this summer (though with how well she’s swimming, it’s far too early to write her off for individual bids either).
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This video was produced by SwimSwam co-founder, Garrett McCaffrey.