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Coughlin sets trials record in 100m freestyle prelims

July 3, 2008 | 11:23 am

Natalie Coughlin qualified fastest in the 100-meter freestyle preliminaries, with Dara Torres third-quickest at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials today.

Coughlin’s time of 53.64 seconds set a trials record but was off her American mark of 53.39. Torres, at age 41, won her heat with 54.57.

-- Debbie Goffa