Natalie Coughlin Sheds Light on Her Sprint Freestyle Goals

by Garrett McCaffrey 16

May 25th, 2013 National, News

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.

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Great Interview. Natalie is always a class act.

bobo gigi

Natalie is a legend. Great decision to focus on sprint freestyle.

bobo gigi

And if someone could post one day on youtube her 100 back race of Fort Lauderdale in 2002 when she shocked the swimming world with a fantastic 59.58, it would be cool. And while I’m here to talk about the races I’m desperately looking for, I can mention the first world record of MP in 2001 and his first world title the same year too. Thank you.

Lane Four

Me too! I would kill to see MP’s first world record as well as his 2001 World Championship gold medal. I have seen all of his other races but never the 2001.


I am a Huge fan of Natalie’s! As Weirdo said: always a class act!

About Garrett McCaffrey

No one lives the sport of swimming like Garrett McCaffrey. A Division I swimmer who spent 4 years covering the sport as a journalist, now coaches club swimming and competes as a masters swimmer, Garrett truly lives the sport of swimming. After graduating from University of Missouri’s award winning journalism program …

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