Natalie Coughlin Swims 1:00.08 in 100 Backstroke Time Trial at Arena Pro Swim – Charlotte

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.

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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.

Her progression:

  • 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.

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bobo gigi
7 years ago

What a longevity at the highest level!
If she wants it really, she could play the second place at olympic trials next year behind Missy Franklin. So open for that second qualifying spot. If it will be decided around 59.50, then Natalie would have her chance. Same chances as Pelton, Bootsma, Baker or Bilquist. I don’t forget that I’ve picked at the moment Amy Bilquist for that second spot. But everything can change until Omaha.
It would be great to see her qualify for her 4th olympic games. But in my opinion her best chance is in the 4X100 free relay.

Reply to  bobo gigi
7 years ago

I really think it’ll take more to make the 100 back. A sub 59 will be necessary, just think that it took a 59.2 to qualify in 2008 (where coughlin was 58.9). Besides Franklin, Baker is improving rapidly and Bootsma has been fantastic in yards and I agree that Bilquist has huge potential so competition will be huge for her in that event. Also the thought that the biggest competitors at the 2016 OT in the 100 back will be training together is incredible, imagine those sets!

bobo gigi
Reply to  Deraj
7 years ago

Sub 59 to take the second spot? That’s optimistic but why not? Yes if Bootsma is back in 2012 mode when she swam her PB of 59.10 in semi-finals.
In 2008 there were the suits.
In 2012 Missy won the final in 58.85 and Bootsma was second in 59.49.

7 years ago

What’s promising is that 1.00.08 is an unrested effort. Her 54.18 100free time in Mesa points to good form. with rest she will be around 59.5 -59.75 100back and 53.50-53.75 100free. Good luck to her

7 years ago

If 2016 is Natalie’s last olympics, it would be very cool to see her come full circle with the event that she revolutionized. I’ve been a big fan of Natalie since she smoked the minute barrier in the 100 back at Fort Lauderdale nationals in 2002.

bobo gigi
Reply to  fatsmcgee
7 years ago

And I’m still waiting for the video of that legendary race since then! 😆

7 years ago

She would have made the Kazan worlds with that time its a pity she didn’t race the 100back at trials last year, however at Olympic trials next year it will be a dog fight with the likes of Bootsma, Pelton, Kathleen Baker and ofcourse Missy Franklin. 59 low to make the Olympics team at the very least

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