Caverly Makes Olympic Team By Finishing Second In 200 Back

July 13, 2004

Long Beach, Calif. - Current Stanford swimmer Kristen Caverly secured a spot on the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team by finishing second in the finals of the 200 back on Tuesday at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials taking place at the Charter All Digital Aquatic Center. Caverly, who had been a finalist in three previous individual events during the meet, clocked in with a personal-best time of 2:12.70 to shave 0.95 seconds off her previous career-best of 2:13.75 that she swam in Monday's prelims to qualify for the finals.

Caverly became the fourth women's swimmer 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 during the Trials with Dana winning the 200 fly and Tara taking second in the 100 breast as both Kirk's will be making their first Olympic appearances. Former Stanford swimmer Jenny Thompson has also qualified for the U.S. Olympic squad in the 100 fly and as a member of the 4x100 relay team. Thompson, who is the most decorated swimmer in the history of the Olympics with eight gold medals, will be making her fourth consecutive appearance for the United State in the Olympics.

Thompson also has an opportunity to qualify for the Olympics in the 50 free on the final day of the Trials after capturing the semifinals of the event in a time of 25.11 on Monday.

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 conclude on Wednesday.

Current Stanford swimmer Lacey Boutwell and former Stanford swimmer Shelly Ripple Johnston both also participated at the Trials on Monday. Boutwell took 21st in the prelims of the 50 free with a time of 26.29, while Ripple Johnston tied for 29th with a mark of 26.51.

Former Auburn swimmer Margaret Hoelzer finished ahead of Caverly to win the 200 back in 2:11.88, while Diana Munz captured the 800 free in a time of 8:26.06.

Current Stanford swimmers that have competed or are scheduled to participate in the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials include Boutwell, Caverly, Lauren Costella, Ashley Daly, Laura Davis, Kirsten Gilbert, Morgan Hentzen 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, Misty Hyman, Tara Kirk, 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).

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