Form Followed in Women’s 100 Free Preliminaries

By Duncan Scott

Long Beach, CA, July 11 – THE TOP four qualifiers for tonight’s semi-finals included lead seeds Natalie Coughlin, California Aquatics (First;::26.64; :55.23), Amanda Weir, Swim Atlanta (Second; :27.11; :55.30) and Jenny Thompson, Badger/Seacoast, (Fourth; :26.74; :55.45, together with Kara Lynn Joyce, Club Wolverine, current NCAA 100 free champion for Georgia who was third (:27.13; :55.42).

The depth in the event was breathtaking. Erin Phenix, Longhorn, a 2000 Olympian for the 4 x 100 freestyle relay Erin Phenix, Longhorn, squeezed in 16th at :56.53 (27.21). And remember, the top four automatically qualify for the team in this event, with adequate “doubles” usually occurring to add the fifth and sixth finishers as well. Spots in the final heat are truly coveted and with this depth they will be truly earned.

Fifth through 16th places included six new or former Olympians (Lindsay Benko, Trojan, seventh at :56.06[:27.45]; Gabrielle Rose, California Aquatics, eighth at :56.15[:26.82); Rhi Jeffrey, Florida Atlantic, ninth at :56.18[:27.49]; Courtney Shealy, Athens Bulldogs, tied for tenth at :56.19[:27.27]; Haley Cope, California Aquatics, 12th at :56.29[:26.82]; and Phenix).

Also qualified in that range are a former American record holder at 100 yards freestyle (Maritza Correia, Broward Aquatics, fifth at :55.63[:26.77]), a former 50-100-200 Free NCAA triple winner (Colleen Lanne, NOVA, sixth at :55.95[:26.92] and the second place finisher in this event at last summer’s National Championships (Stephanie Williams, Athens Bulldogs, 13th at :56.39[:27.22])! There are no weak links. The move from semi-final to final will be as difficult in this event as any in the entire competition.

About the only surprise in missing the cut to 16 was last night’s 200 champion Dana Vollmer, Ft.Worth, who swam :57.01 for 22nd.

Also worthy of note was the effort of 33-year-old Katrina Radke, Swimcraft, who won her heat and improved from 47th seed to 34th place with :57.49. Radke was a 1988 Olympic finalist in the 200 butterfly, but then suffered ill effects of chronic fatigue syndrome for years until quite recently. You can read about the joy she has had returning to unencumbered physical activity – and the highest levels of competition – in a story available now in the SWIMINFO.com Premium area available to Swimming World magazine subscribers.

Official Result courtsey of USA Swimming:

USA Swimming-National Meets
2004 U. S. Olympic Team Trials – 7/7/2004 to 7/14/2004

Event 17 Women 100 LC Meter Freestyle
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World: W 53.66 3/31/2004 Libby Lenton, AUS
American: A 53.99 8/29/2002 Natalie Coughlin, USA
U.S. Open: O 54.01 7/20/2000 Inge de Bruijn, NED/Tulatin H.
Meet: M 54.07 8/14/2000 Jenny Thompson, Stanford
Oly. Tr. Cut: 57.19
Name Age Team Seed Prelims
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=== Prelims ===

1 Coughlin, Natalie 21 California Aquat 53.99 55.23
26.64 55.23 (28.59)
2 Weir, Amanda 18 Swim Atlanta 54.46 55.30
27.11 55.30 (28.19)
3 Joyce, Kara Lynn 18 Club Wolverine/U 55.56 55.42
27.13 55.42 (28.29)
4 Thompson, Jenny 31 Badger Swim Club 54.65 55.45
26.74 55.45 (28.71)
5 Correia, Maritza 22 Broward Aquatics 55.42 55.63
26.77 55.63 (28.86)
6 Lanne, Colleen 24 Irvine Novaquati 55.20 55.95
26.92 55.95 (29.03)
7 Benko, Lindsay 27 Trojan Swim Club 54.88 56.06
27.45 56.06 (28.61)
8 Rose, Gabrielle 26 California Aquat 55.15 56.15
26.82 56.15 (29.33)
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9 Jeffrey, Rhi 17 Florida Atlantic 55.21 56.18
27.49 56.18 (28.69)
10 Jamison, Tanica 22 Longhorn Aquatic 56.22 56.19
27.14 56.19 (29.05)
10 Shealy, Courtney 26 Athens Bulldog S 55.61 56.19
27.27 56.19 (28.92)
12 Cope, Haley 25 Chico Aqua-Jets/ 56.54 56.29
26.82 56.29 (29.47)
13 Williams, Stefanie 24 Athens Bulldog S 55.47 56.39
27.22 56.39 (29.17)
14 Wanezek, Sarah 21 Longhorn Aquatic 55.73 56.42
27.15 56.42 (29.27)
15 Nymeyer, Lacey 18 Tucson Ford Deal 56.26 56.45
26.95 56.45 (29.50)
16 Phenix, Erin 23 Longhorn Aquatic 55.67 56.53
27.21 56.53 (29.32)
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17 Short, Rebekah 22 Auburn Aquatics/ 56.95 56.76
27.09 56.76 (29.67)
18 Ripple Johnston, Shel 23 Elmwood Sharks 55.91 56.88
27.34 56.88 (29.54)
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19 Blackman, Candace 18 Dallas Mustangs 56.73 56.93
27.58 56.93 (29.35)
19 Townsend, Danielle 20 Aggie Swim Club/ 56.66 56.93
27.67 56.93 (29.26)
21 Boutwell, Lacey 21 Palo Alto Stanfo 56.92 56.99
27.82 56.99 (29.17)
22 Vollmer, Dana 16 Fort Worth Area 55.94 57.01
27.43 57.01 (29.58)
23 Ellis, Jaime 22 The Woodlands Sw 56.65 57.05
27.31 57.05 (29.74)
23 Kukors, Emily 19 King 56.79 57.05
27.33 57.05 (29.72)
25 Harada, Kimberly 23 Team Starbucks A 56.65 57.08
27.14 57.08 (29.94)
26 Arsenault, Samantha 22 Athens Bulldog S 56.46 57.09
27.13 57.09 (29.96)
27 Marsman, Marie 21 De Anza Cupertin 56.60 57.12
27.46 57.12 (29.66)
28 VanAssen, Jennifer 22 Team Carolina Sw 56.97 57.14
27.63 57.14 (29.51)
29 Hansen, Codie 17 Dallas Mustangs 56.82 57.18
27.89 57.18 (29.29)
30 Silver, Emily 18 Irvine Novaquati 56.91 57.28
27.23 57.28 (30.05)
31 Farella, Lindsey 25 Unattached 56.94 57.30
27.50 57.30 (29.80)
32 Denby, Kara 18 Conejo Simi 56.76 57.31
27.73 57.31 (29.58)
33 Smith, Lindsey 19 Univ. Of Michiga 56.61 57.35
27.82 57.35 (29.53)
34 Radke, Katrina 33 Swimcraft 57.07 57.40
27.10 57.40 (30.30)
35 Price, Keiko 25 California Aquat 57.07 57.49
26.98 57.49 (30.51)
36 Boncher, Brooke 21 Nova of Virginia 57.09 57.68
27.14 57.68 (30.54)
37 Platzer, Sara 21 Ucla Swimming 57.04 57.69
27.37 57.69 (30.32)
38 Pike, Natalie 18 Florida Atlantic 56.80 57.71
27.73 57.71 (29.98)
39 Siminski, Kristin 20 Longhorn Aquatic 57.10 57.84
27.87 57.84 (29.97)
40 McNamee, Lyndsay 20 Tiger Aquatics 56.94 58.06
27.65 58.06 (30.41)
41 McCullough, Amy 21 Univ. Of Michiga 57.06 58.07
28.57 58.07 (29.50)
42 Lieb, Katy 19 Aggie Swim Club/ 57.10 58.12
28.00 58.12 (30.12)
43 Ohlgren, Ava 16 Bulldog Aquatic 56.99 58.13
27.83 58.13 (30.30)
44 Daniels, Elizabeth 22 Jewish Community 57.05 58.16
27.59 58.16 (30.57)
45 Vaziri, Leila 19 Coral Springs Sw 56.92 58.30
27.96 58.30 (30.34)
46 Swindle, Christina 19 Miami Swimming/A 55.65 58.48
27.62 58.48 (30.86)
47 Woessner, Susan 23 Longhorn Aquatic 57.03 58.61
28.10 58.61 (30.51)
48 Stone, Tammie 28 Longhorn Aquatic 56.82 58.69
27.59 58.69 (31.10)
49 Georoff, Andrea 21 Athens Bulldog S 56.64 59.18
28.70 59.18 (30.48)
50 Connealy, Caitlin 19 Arizona Desert F 56.99 1:00.28
28.54 1:00.28 (31.74)
— Descenza, Mary 19 Athens Bulldog S 56.94 DQ
— Adams, Cortnee 22 Schroeder YMCA S 57.15 NS

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