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First time for Coughlin; Phelps may get Thorpe

Updated: July 10, 2004, 9:14 AM ET
Associated Press

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Natalie Coughlin finally made her first Olympic swimming team.

Derailed four years ago, she easily won the 100-meter backstroke Friday night in the U.S. trials, finishing 1.39 seconds ahead of former California teammate Haley Cope.

"We've been hatching this plot for a while and it's fun to see it come to fruition," Cope said.

Coughlin's time of 59.85 seconds was off her 2-year-old world record of 59.58, but the only woman to go under a minute ...

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