Kara Lynn Joyce Added to U.S. Olympic Roster, USA Swimming Confirms -- July 8, 2008

Updated July 8, 2008

OMAHA, Nebraska, July 7. ACCORDING to several unnamed sources close to the situation, Kara Lynn Joyce had to make some quick turnaround plans to head back to the West Coast as she was added to the U.S. Olympic Roster. USA Swimming then confirmed the roster move the following day in a press release reprinted at the bottom of this article.

Joyce will be going to Palo Alto, Calif., to train with the rest of the team that qualified through Trials based on her seventh-place finish in the women's 100 free.

The University of Georgia confirmed the addition via a press release sent out later in the evening:

Former Lady Bulldog Kara Lynn Joyce has been named to the U.S. Olympic team after USA Swimming announced Monday that Dara Torres will not swim the 100m individual event in Beijing. Kara Lynn finished seventh in the 100m free with a 55.02, posting her fastest time of the meet
(54.66) in the prelims. So, she's made a quick turn-around in her travel arrangements to join the U.S. training camp in Palo Alto, Calif.

"Kara Lynn is very excited despite the logistics, and she's thrilled to be on the team," said Jack Bauerle, head coach of the U.S. women's squad. "We feel it's best for Dara to focus on the 50 and the relays, so that presented an opening. Kara Lynn is the right person for the job. This is not only a great opportunity for her, but we feel that she's capable of swimming pretty darn fast. This decision is in the best interest of our team."

With the appointment, Kara Lynn will be making her second trip to the Olympics. In 2004, she earned a pair of silver medals in the 4x100m free relay (American record) and 4x100m medley relay. She also placed fifth in the 50m and 100m free events.

USA Swimming Release:
Kara Lynn Joyce (Ann Arbor, Mich.) has been added to the roster of the U.S. Olympic Swim Team, it was announced today. Joyce, who finished seventh in the 100m freestyle at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, will be added as a 4x100m freestyle relay alternate. The addition comes after the voluntary withdrawal from the individual 100m freestyle event by top qualifier Dara Torres (Los Angeles, Calif.). The top six finishers in both the men's and women's 100m and 200m freestyle qualified for the Olympic Team.

All members of the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team are eligible to compete on relays, which are selected by the coaching staff while at the Olympic Games.

Additionally, fifth-place qualifier in the 100m freestyle, Emily Silver (Bainbridge Island, Wash.), underwent outpatient hand surgery today at Stanford University Medical Center. The surgery was performed by Dr. Jeff Yao. Silver will report to training camp this afternoon and is expected to return to swimming in one week. She is expected to participate at the 2008 Olympic Games.

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July 8, 2008 Emily Silver DID NOT lose her spot on the team. Please don't spread rumors. Much of what you wrote in this article and the one about Kara Lynn Joyce is incorrect. Please wait for the facts and don't start a frenzy of gossip. The information will come out soon enough.
Submitted by: lovewick
July 8, 2008 I definitely could have phrased this sentence differently:

"Whether her addition is due to Dara Torres scratching the 100 free individual event or Emily Silver losing her spot due to injury remains to be seen."

As a separate look at this sentence could imply that Emily had already lost her spot. I apologize for that.

However, the original article about Emily came directly from a press conference with the USA Swimming Coaching Staff.

A reporter specifically asked Mark Schubert whether the likelihood of Dara Torres scratching the 100 free would move Kara Lynn Joyce into the mix, this was before the women's 50 free final.

Coach Schubert must have heard the question wrong, but he immediately jumped into Emily Silver's injury as a response, and never even talked about Dara's scratch until a follow up question. Schubert then responded that it would be pure conjecture to talk about Dara's Olympic schedule until after the women's 50 free.

No one in the media knew about Emily's injury until that moment.

We're just reporting the news of an ever-changing, but completely newsworthy, story.

There is still some confusion about the selection process at this point.

Thanks for the comment!
Submitted by: Jason Marsteller
July 8, 2008 Thank you for your reply. I had just gotten off the phone with the most reliable source possible so I was very confused by your article. There are a lot of questions about who is going to swim what and who will be moved around and that is only going to get more interesting with time!!! I can understand the confusion.
Submitted by: lovewick
July 8, 2008 If that source happens to be Emily, tell her we wish her the best!

When the stakes are this high, confusion tends to be king.
Submitted by: Jason Marsteller
July 8, 2008 So Kara Lynn made the roster based on a technicality as if Torres HADN'T swum the freestyle final? Because I mean, it's not like Torres withdrew from the relay.
Submitted by: Priyant
July 9, 2008 I don't care how Kara Lynn made the team, I'm just glad she's going! She's proven herself to be an asset to any team over the past 4 year cycle and I'm sure she'll do so again in Beijing.
Submitted by: Michelle
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