Video interview is courtesy of Kelsey Floyd. Video edit is courtesy of Coleman Hodges.
2013 U.S. Winter National Championships – WOMEN’S 50 Freestyle – as reported by SwimSwam
New full-time freestyler Natalie Coughlin powered away from the field in the women’s 50, going 21.51 en route to 1st place. At 31-years old, Coughlin beat a very veteran-dominated field – SwimAtlanta pro Amanda Weir was second in 21.62 and SwimMAC’s Madison Kennedy took third, going 21.69. But the youngest swimmer in the field was Janet Hu, who returned from her 200 IM swim earlier tonight to take 4th and break the National Age Group record she tied for this morning. Hu went 21.82 after posting a 21.89 this morning. Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace was the last swimmer sub-22. She went 21.91 for fifth place.
California swimmers had the distinction of winning all three heats of the event: Kaylin Bing and Farida Osman tied in the consolation finals at 22.55 and Cindy Tran won the bonus final, going 22.81.