Originally written on calbears.com  |  Last updated 11/4/14

BEIJING - AUGUST 12: Natalie Coughlin of the United States celebrates finishing the Women's 100m Backstroke Final in first place and wins the gold medal held at the National Aquatics Center on Day 4 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 12, 2008 in Beijing, China. Natalie Coughlin of the United States finished the race in first place in a time of 58.96 and wins the gold medal. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Cal alumna Natalie Coughlin won two events to lead the United States to a first-day advantage - 93.5-28.5 - over a team of European all-stars Friday in the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool in Atlanta. Golden Bear junior Caitlin Leverenz posted an American record in the 400-meter individual medley with a time of 4:24.62 to take second place.
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