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Indianapolis Next Up for U.S. Olympic Swimming Stars -- August 30, 2004

INDIANAPOLIS, August 31.. MICHAEL Phelps is among four Americans claiming Olympic gold in individual events in Athens who will be competing in Indianapolis at the 2004 FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships, Oct. 7-11.

The event will take place at Conseco Fieldhouse. Two temporary pools will be constructed for the event inside the Fieldhouse.

Phelps won four individual gold medals in Athen s -- the 400m and 200m individual medleys and the 200m and 100m butterflies. He also won gold medals on the 400m medley relay and 800m freestyle relay teams. In all, Phelps came away from Athens with six gold and two bronze medals, matching the single-greatest medal haul in Olympic history.

Of the nine individual event gold medals won by Americans at the 2004 Olympic Games, eight (8) were won by athletes who will swim at the World Championships. In addition to Phelps, Aaron Peirsol, Amanda Beard and Natalie Coughlin will be competing in Indianapolis.

Only Gary Hall, Jr., among the US gold medaalists, is not entered in Indianapolis. Hall won the 50 free.

Peirsol, from Irvine, Calif., swept both the 100m and 200m backstrokes. Coughlin, from Concord, Calif., won the 100 backstroke. Beard, from Tucson, Arizona, captured gold in the 200m breaststroke.

Also, of the 22 individual event medals won by Americans at the 2004 Olympic Games, 19 were won by athletes who will swim at the World Championships.

In total, of 23 U.S. swimmers who are expected to compete in the World Championships, 20 won Olympic medals, including those who competed on relay teams in either finals or preliminaries. Not including relays, swimmers coming to Indianapolis broke 11 Olympic records and Phelps, of course, shattered his own world record in the 400m individual medley.

Single-session, single-day and all-session tickets for the 2004 FINA World Championships (25m) are on sale now through Ticketmaster at all Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at (317) 239-5151 (in Central Indiana) and at the Conseco Fieldhouse Box Office. Groups of 10 or more can order tickets by contacting Justin Hirnisey of Indiana Sports Corporation at (317) 237-5000, 1-800-HI-FIVES or email tickets@worldswim2004.com.



Below is summary of how the U.S. athletes committed to swimming in the World Championships performed at the Olympics.

2004 FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)
Committed U.S. Athlete 2004 Olympic Performance Summary

Medal Count (individual only)
Gold – 8
Silver – 6
Bronze – 5
Total - 19

Medal Count (including relays)
Gold – 23
Silver – 19
Bronze – 10
Total – 52
Olympic Records by WSC Committed Athletes

August 20
Men's 100 butterfly
51:25 Michael Phelps, USA, final

August 19
Men's 200 backstroke
1:54.95 Aaron Peirsol, USA, final
Men's 100 butterfly
51.61 Michael Phelps, USA, semi-final 2
Men's 200 individual medley
1:57.14 Michael Phelps, USA, semi-final
Women's 200 breaststroke
2:23.37 Amanda Beard, USA, final

August 18
Men's 200 backstroke
1:55.14 Aaron Peirsol, USA, semi-final
Men's 200 individual medley
1:58.52 Michael Phelps, USA, semi-final

August 17
Men's 200 butterfly
1:54.04 Michael Phelps, USA, final

August 15
Women's 100 backstroke
1:00.17 Natalie Coughlin, USA, semi-final

August 14
Men's 400 individual medley
4:08.26 Michael Phelps, USA
Betters on previous world record of 4:08.41 from July 2004.
Men’s 100 breaststroke
1:00.01 Brendan Hansen, USA, semi-final



Committed U.S. Athlete 2004 Olympic Medal Winners

Amanda Beard (Irvine, Calif.) – 200m breast, gold; 200m IM, silver; 4x100m medley relay, silver

Lindsay Benko (Elkhart, Ind.) - 4x100m free relay, silver; 4x200m free relay, gold and world record

Haley Cope (Chico, Calif.) - 4x100m medley relay, silver

Natalie Coughlin (Concord, Calif.) – 100m free, bronze; 100m back, gold; 4x100m free relay, silver; 4x200m free relay, gold and world record, 4x100m medley relay, silver

Ian Crocker (Portland, Me.) - 4x100m free relay, bronze; 4x200m free relay, gold; 100m fly, silver; 4x100 medley relay, gold and world record

Nate Dusing (Villa Hills, Ky.) - 4x100m free relay, bronze

Brendan Hansen (Havertown, Pa.) – 100m breast, silver; 200m breast, bronze; 4x100 medley relay, gold and world record

Larsen Jensen (Bakersfield, Calif.) - 4x200m free relay, gold; 1500m free, silver

Kara Lynn Joyce (Ann Arbor, Mich.) - 4x100m free relay, silver; 4x100m medley relay, silver

Klete Keller (Phoenix, Ariz.) – 400m free, bronze; 4x100m free relay, bronze; 4x200m free relay, gold

Tara Kirk (Bremerton, Wash.) - 4x100m medley relay, silver
Rachel Komisarz (Louisville, Ky.) - 4x200m free relay, gold and world record; 4x100m medley relay, silver

Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) - 200m IM, silver; 4x200m free relay, gold

Aaron Peirsol (Irvine, Calif.) – 100m back, gold; 200m back, gold; 4x100 medley relay, gold and world record

Michael Phelps (Towson. Md.) – 200m free, bronze; 200m fly, gold; 200m IM, gold; 400m IM, gold and world record; 4x100m free relay, bronze; 4x200m free relay, gold; 100m fly, gold; 4x100 medley relay, gold and world record

Kaitlin Sandeno (Lake Forest, Calif.) 400m free, bronze; 400m IM, silver; 4x200m free relay, gold and world record

Jenny Thompson (Dover, N.H.) - 4x100m free relay, silver; 4x100m medley relay, silver

Peter Vanderkaay (Rochester, Mich.) - 4x200m free relay, gold

Neil Walker (Verona, Wis.) - 4x100m free relay, bronze; 4x100 medley relay, gold and world record

Amanda Weir (Lawrenceville, Ga.) - 4x100m free relay, silver; 4x100m medley relay, silver