Event 3: Women's 100 Fly Final
After a battle that came down to the last stroke and had the crowd on its
feet, Jenny Thompson beat out Stanford teammate Dara Torres to take the 100
fly in 57.79. Torres was second in 57.86; both were slower than the 57.58
American record Torres had set in prelims. Torres's record broke Thompson's
American record of 57.88 from last year, then in the semi-finals Thompson
qualified just ahead of Torres, continuing their longstanding rivalry.
"It was a pretty sweet victory," said Thompson, 27. "People might think this
is easy for me, but I've been under a lot of pressure. Now I want to do the
one thing I haven't done yet, which is get an individual gold medal."
Torres, 33, qualified for her fourth Olympics with her second-place finish,
becoming the first American swimmer to do so. Torres had won golds in the 400
free relays in 1992 and 1984, and a bronze and silver on relays in 1988.
Torres, Thompson and third-place finisher Ashley Tappin were all teammates on
the 1992 Olympic relay.
Tappin was third in 58.98, and Richelle Fox was fourth in 59.62. Karen
Campbell was fifth in 59.72, Mary Descenza sixth in 1:00.48, Misty Hyman
seventh in 1:00.60 and Melissa Greene eighth in 1:00.84.
The entire heat wore the highly touted new body suits, and all but one were
the long-legged model. The semi-final times going into the finals made it the
fastest field ever in this event.
Event 4: Men's 100 Breast Final
Ed Moses set a new American record and narrowly missed the world record with
a 1:00.44. Moses took the lead from the start in a 28.24 and remained
untouchable, solidly breaking Jeremy Linn's 1996 American mark of 1:00.77. The
world record, 1:00.36, is held by Roman Sloudnov of Russia.
Moses, 20, and swimming for Curl-Burke, had said before the event that he
felt capable of breaking 1:00, both here and in Sydney.
"It was first things first: I just wanted to make the team," said Moses,
whose family held up signs saying, "The 11th Commandment: Moses Shall Swim
Fast" during his swim. "And the work's not done yet. I want to continue to
work hard and hopefully I can bring home the gold."
When asked what he thought contributed to his fast rise from Junior Nationals
to an American record within two years, he said, "When I do something like
this, I want to put everything into it."
Pat Calhoun of Auburn was second in 1:01.09, improving again on his surprise
morning time of 1:01.47.
Brendan Hansen of Suburban was third in 1:01.74.
Anthony Robinson was fourth in 1:02.02, Jarrod Marrs fifth in 1:02.12, David Denniston sixth in 1:02.32, Mark Gangloff seventh in 1:02.89 and Kyle Salyards eighth in 1:03.03.
Event 7: Women's 100 Breast Semi-Finals
Megan Quann, who broke her own American record in prelims, qualified first for finals with a 1:07.66, slightly off her 1:07.12 morning swim. Kristy Kowal qualified second with a 1:07.79. Stacianna Stitts, who had the fastest first 50 of the field at 31.40, qualified fourth in 1:08.02. Amy Balcerzak qualified fifth in 1:08.29, Amanda Beard qualified sixth in 1:09.01, Kristen Woodring qualified sixth in 1:09.78, Erin Sieper was seventh in 1:09.81 and Ashley Roby eighth in 1:09.98, making for an entire final under 1:10.
Full results are available from US Swimming