In her first event, the 4×100-meter freestyle relay, Coughlin won a silver medal along with Lacey Nymeyer, Amanda Weir, and Kara Lynn Joyce.

The following day, in the 100-meter butterfly, she placed third in the final with a time of 57.34, an American record.

During her three years as a Cal Bears swimmer, she won eleven individual NCAA national championships, and a twelfth NCAA relay title.

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Swimming in lane eight, Coughlin set the American record with a time of .43, to break Katie Hoff's one-day-old record of .09.

Dana Vollmer, Lacey Nymeyer, and Katie Hoff each extended the lead and the final time of .09 was a world record.

Coughlin was born in Vallejo, California, and is of Irish and one quarter Filipino ancestry.

Coughlin first began swimming at the local YMCA when she was only 10 months old. Catherine of Siena School in Vallejo, for kindergarten through eighth grade, and then Carondelet High School in Concord, California.

Sports Illustrated magazine named her its college Female Athlete of the Year.

Coughlin was inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.

While in high school in 1998, she became the first swimmer to qualify for the Summer National in all fourteen events.

Coughlin broke two individual national high school records in the 200-yard individual medley (.45) and the 100-yard backstroke (52.86). Coughlin attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she swam for coach Teri Mc Keever's California Golden Bears swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition from 2001 to 2003.

swimmer Nathan Adrian was getting pretty cosy with fellow American swimmer Natalie Coughlin. So we can assume they were drunk, but he should know she's married. Wonder what's gonna happen when her hubby finds out…