Jenny Thompson Wins 50 Free On Final Day Of Olympic Trials
July 14, 2004
Long Beach, Calif. - Former Stanford swimmer Jenny Thompson captured the 50 free to win her first event of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials on the final day of the meet at the Charter All Digital Aquatic Center on Wednesday. Thompson completed the course in a time of 25.02, finishing .09 seconds ahead of current Georgia swimmer Kara Lynn Joyce (25.11). Thompson, the most decorated swimmer in the history of the Olympics with eight gold medals over the previous three Olympic Games, had already previously qualified for the 2004 games in the 100 fly and as a member of the 4x100 free relay team.
Thompson is one of four women's swimmers associated with Stanford to earn a spot on the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team. Dana and Tara Kirk had become the first sisters to qualify for the same Olympic Team earlier in the Trials with Dana winning the 200 fly and Tara taking second in the 100 breast as both Kirk sisters will be making their first Olympic appearances. Dana will be a junior at Stanford in 2004-05, while Tara completed her eligibility with the 2003-04 campaign. Kristen Caverly, a junior at Stanford in 2004-05, earned a spot on the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team by finishing second in the 200 back on Tuesday.
First-place finishers in each event at the Trials automatically earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. A total of 22 of the 26 spots on the U.S. Olympic Women's Swimming Team have been secured, while the others are expected to be announced on Thursday.
Current Stanford swimmers that competed in the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials included Lacey Boutwell, Caverly, Lauren Costella, Ashley Daly, Laura Davis, Kirsten Gilbert, Morgan Hentzen and Dana Kirk.Former Stanford swimmers that competed in the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials included Jessica Foschi, Misty Hyman, Tara Kirk, Shelly Ripple Johnston, Gabrielle 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).