Three-time U.S. Olympian Natalie Coughlin won’t officially begin competition at the 2015 Arena Pro Swim Series – Charlotte meet until Saturday, and has entries in the 50 free, 100 back, and 100 free. Unofficially, though, she began her meet on Friday with a time trial in the 100 long course meters backstroke, where she swam 1:00.08. That ranks her 9th in the world so far in 2015.
After basically dropping the event when she failed to make the 2012 Olympic Team in the 100 backstroke, over the last 6 months, Coughlin has begin to reacquaint herself with the event that made her famous 13 years ago when she became the first woman ever under the 60 second barrier. This is already the fourth meet of 2015 that she’s swum the race in long course meters after not swimming it once between June of 2012 and January of 2015.
- 2012 Olympic Trials – 1:00.06
- 2015 Pro Swim Austin – 1:00.70
- 2015 Golden Tour (France) – 1:00.20
- 2015 Edinburgh International – 1:01.66
- 2015 Pro Swim Charlotte Time Trial – 1:00.00
This swim is Coughlin’s best since making a comeback to the stroke, though it was aided by the newly-implemented starting wedges.