Jenny Thompson Qualifies For Finals In Pan Pac 100 Meter Freestyle

Aug. 28, 2002

Yokohama, Japan - Former Stanford swimmer Jenny Thompson followed her 50 meter freestyle gold medal performance on Tuesday by qualifying for the finals of the 100 meter freestyle Wednesday at the 2002 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships at the Yokohama International Swimming Pool. Thompson, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history with 10 medals over the last three Olympic Games, finished second in Wednesday's semifinals (55.05) and will compete for the gold Thursday. Thompson also swam a time of 55.25 in her heat on Wednesday.

Former Stanford swimmer Gabrielle Rose also competed in Wednesday's 100 meter freestyle semifinals, finishing fifth in a time of 55.51 (55.05 heat). However, Rose was not one of the top two Americans and did not qualify for Thursday's finals.

Americans Diana Munz (800 meter free, 8:30.45) and Amanda Beard (200 meter butterfly, 2:26.31) captured the other two women's finals contested on Wednesday. An American 4x200 meter relay team of Natalie Coughlin, Mary Hill, Munz and Lindsay Benko also won a gold medal with a time of 7:56.96.

The 2002 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships concludes Thursday, August 29. Full results and more information about the meet are available at panpac2002.com . Another source for information on the 2002 Pan Pac's is usaswimming.org.

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