Natalie Coughlin To Commentate Second Stop of FINA Champions Series

FINA Champions Swim Series 2019 #2 – Budapest

  • May 11-12, 2019
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Duna Arena
  • Start Time: 8 pm Local / 2 pm ET
  • Entry List

Natalie Coughlin will be featured as a commentator for the second of three stops of the FINA Champions Swim Series, set to take place this weekend in Budapest, Hungary. The news was announced Wednesday in a press release from NBC Sports.

The 12-time Olympic medalist will work in the analyst position alongside Olympic Channel play-by-play announcer Patrick Kinas.

At the first stop in Guangzhou, China, Missy Franklin notably made her debut as a broadcaster in the same role.

Coughlin has had various broadcasting roles dating back to 2017 with NBC.

The event will be featured live on the Olympic Channel app and, along with the NBC Sports app and, at 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

The meet uniquely features four swimmers per event in a timed final format, with a large sum of prize money on the line.

In terms of Americans competing, Michael AndrewAnthony Ervin, Dana Vollmer and Molly Hannis all return after competing in Guangzhou, while Matt GreversJustin RessJacob PebleyKevin CordesJosh PrenotChase Kalisz and Katie Meili will contest the series for the first time.

Full entries for the meet are available here.

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1 year ago

Yesssss Natalie is actually really good

1 year ago

In Guangzhou we saw Chinese women in individual races 20 times
In Budapest we will see Hungarian women in the race 9 times.
In Indianapolis there will be 26 times American women racing for the money with the guaranteed prize of $5000.
What is it? A traveling issue or invitation issues that reflect the influence of particular national swimming association in FINA.
Is it a time already to change the name of this strange FINA’s activity of giving big money away to something more appropriate than “Champions Series”?

Reply to  Yozhik
1 year ago

The Hungarian contingent increased from 7 to 10 swimmers which is presumably due to cancellation. Boglarka Kapas takes the spot of Mireia Belmonte on 200 fly (where Kapas is reigning Eu Champ), while Dominik Kozma will swim 200 free and Peter Bernek 400 free. We’ll see how they do, they could not focus on this event well in advance.

Reply to  Yozhik
1 year ago

BTW with your sentence I fully agree

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Yozhik
1 year ago

You’ve stated your objections so many times. Get over it. I suggest “Anything But Yozhik Series.”

1 year ago

Maybe Beisel will commentate on the third stop.

Reply to  Aquajosh
1 year ago

we could only be so lucky.

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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