Caverly Qualifies For 200 Back Finals At Trials, Takes Fourth In 200 Breast

July 12, 2004

Long Beach, Calif. - Current Stanford swimmer Kristen Caverly continued her quest to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team, qualifying for Tuesday's 200 back finals by finishing third in the semifinals of the event Monday at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at the Charter All Digital Aquatic Center. Former Stanford swimmer Jenny Thompson, the most decorated women's swimmer in the history of the Olympics was added to the Team USA roster on Monday to earn a spot on her fourth consecutive Olympic squad (100 fly, 4x100 free relay). Dana and Tara Kirk had become the first sisters to ever qualify for the same Olympic Team on Sunday when Dana won the 200 fly to join Tara, who had finished second in the 100 breast last Friday to earn a spot.

Caverly covered the long-course meters 200 back semis in a personal-best time of 2:13.75 to qualify for her fourth finals of the event. Caverly made her third showing in the finals on Monday by taking fourth in the 200 breast, also recording a personal-best time with a mark of 2:28.33 and finishing .09 seconds ahead of former Stanford teammate Tara Kirk (2:28.42) in fifth. Caverly had previously finished fourth in the 200 IM on Saturday with a career-best time of 2:14.52 and third in the 400 IM last Wednesday on the opening day of the Trials.

First-place finishers in each event at the Trials automatically earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team, while second-place finishers can be added throughout the Trials. The entire 26-member U.S. Olympic Women's Swimming Team will be officially named this Thursday, July 15, one day after the conclusion of the eight-day Trials that run through July 14.

Former Arizona swimmer Amanda Beard demanded the most attention of the meet on the women's side Monday by breaking the world record in the 200 breast with a time of 2:22.44 to win the event by a whopping 4.78 seconds over second-place Caroline Bruce of the Wichita Swim Club. Australia's Leisel Jones had held the previous world record at 2:22.96.

Current Georgia swimmer Kara Lynn Joyce won the other event contested when she edged California's Natalie Coughlin in the finals of the 100 free. Joyce clocked in at 54.38, just .04 seconds faster than Coughlin. Thompson took fifth in a time of 55.03 (54.94 prelims), while former Stanford swimmer Gabrielle Rose was eighth in 56.07 (55.42 prelims).

Current Stanford swimmers Morgan Hentzen and Lauren Costella both competed in the prelims of the 800 free on Monday. Hentzen was 12th in a time of 8:44.60, while Costella finished 41st with a mark of 9:01.64.

Former Stanford swimmer Misty Hyman also participated in the 200 back prelims, taking 23rd in 2:18.39.Current Stanford swimmers that have competed or are scheduled to participate in the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials include Lacey Boutwell, Caverly, Costella, Ashley Daly, Laura Davis, Kirsten Gilbert (100 breast), Hentzen (400 free, 800 free) and Dana Kirk (100 fly, 200 fly).

Former Stanford swimmers that have competed or are scheduled to participate in the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials include Jessica Foschi, Hyman, Tara Kirk, Shelly Ripple Johnston, Rose and Thompson.A wrap-up of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials will be shown tape-delayed on NBC this Sunday, July 18 (10 am - 12 pm, PT).

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