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.
''Yes, it's a relief to make my third Olympic team, but going into this race I just wanted to be proud of myself afterwards,'' she said. ''I went for it and I gave the best effort that I could.''
Jessica Hardy also found redemption on Saturday night with a surprising win in the same race that Coughlin was in. The Californian better known for her br...