Coughlin hangs on to make 3rd Olympic swim team
Saturday, June 30, 2012
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Natalie Coughlin hung on to make her third Olympics with a sixth-place finish in the 100-meter freestyle on Saturday night, giving her a chance to win a record-tying 12th Olympic medal in London.
But it won't be in an individual event.
The 29-year-old Californian had already missed out in the 100 backstroke, where she is the two-time defending Olympic champion, and the 100 butterfly. Coughlin was down to her last chance in the 100 free, needing a top-six finish in the eight-woman final to earn consideration for the 400 free relay team.
She got it.
Coughlin beat out Dana Vollmer by 17-hundreds of a second for the sixth and last spot.