Haley Cope

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Haley Cope
Personal information
Nationality  United States
Born (1979-04-11) April 11, 1979 (age 35)
Chico, California
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 139 lb (63 kg)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Backstroke
College team University of California, Berkeley

Haley Cope (born April 11, 1979) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder. She won a silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics, eight world championship medals, and held a world record in the 50-meter backstroke.

Career at Berkeley[edit]

Cope swam at the University of California, Berkeley from 1998 to 2001.[8] In 2000, she was named the Pac-10 Conference swimmer of the year, and helped lead California to a fourth-place finish nationally. Cope was the second of three consecutive conference swimmers of the year from Berkeley; Marylyn Chiang in 1999, herself in 2000, and Natalie Coughlin in 2001, 2002, and 2003.[8] At the 2000 NCAA national championships in Indianapolis, she swam the 50 metre backstroke in 27.25 seconds, breaking Sandra Völker's short course world record. She graduated in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in mass communications. In 2001, she won a gold medal in the 50 metre backstroke at the World Aquatics Championship, and two medals at the final Goodwill Games. Her 50 metre backstroke performance at the Goodwill Games was a record time for the competition.

Olympics, Worlds and Short Course Worlds[edit]

After graduating from Berkeley, Cope continued her swimming career, winning her second short course worlds title at the 2002 Short Course World Swimming Championships held in Moscow. She won gold medal in the 100 backstroke,[2] and two silver medals in the 50 backstroke,[5] and the 4x100 metre medley relay,[6] in which she swam the backstroke leg. In 2003, she swam at her second long course World Championships in Barcelona, where she won a silver medal in the 4x100-meter medley relay.[9]

Cope's last major international competition was in October 2004, at the 2004 Short Course World Swimming Championships in Indianapolis. In Indianapolis, she repeated as champion in the 100 backstroke,[4] as well as winning the 50 backstroke.[3] As part of the American team, she won a silver medal in the 4x100-meter medley relay.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Clark married her former coach, Brian Clark, in 2002, and has four children.[10] She is currently operating a swimming school in Chico called Water Sprites Swim School..[10] Clark posed nude for the September 2004 issue of Playboy magazine.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swim Rankings by GeoLogix. Results for the 50m backstroke". Retrieved 25 December 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "2002 Short Course Results; 100m backstroke". Retrieved 25 December 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "2004 Short Course Results; 50 m backstroke". Retrieved 25 December 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "2004 Short Course Results; 100m backstroke". Retrieved 25 December 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "2002 Short Course Results; 50m backstroke". Retrieved 25 December 2009. 
  6. ^ a b "2002 Short Course Results; 4x100 Medley". Retrieved 25 December 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "2004 Short Course Results; 4x100 Medley". Retrieved 25 December 2009. 
  8. ^ a b "Friends of Cal Aquatics- Where Are They Now?". Retrieved 27 December 2009. 
  9. ^ "Official Report of the 2004 Olympics". Retrieved 27 December 2009. 
  10. ^ a b Nugent, Mary (December 24, 2009). "Former Olympian is a happy swim teacher; in InnerView, Haley Clark talks about latest pursuit in the water". Chico, CA: The Enterprise Record. Retrieved 27 December 2009. 
  11. ^ Drape, Joe (12 August 2004). "Lots of Skin but Not Much Fuss As Olympians Strike Pinup Pose". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 March 2010. 


Records
Preceded by
Sandra Völker
Women's 50-meter backstroke
world record-holder (short course)

March 18, 2000 – December 2, 2001
Succeeded by
Li Hui