PHOENIX, Arizona, October 31. JERRY Holtrey is leaving his 45-year post as head coach of the Hawken High School swim teams, but thankfully, he’ll still work with the young swimmers at Lake Erie Silver Dolphins in Cleveland.
One of the swimmers he helped mold and guide to a place on the Olympic podium was Diana Munz. Munz swam in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics, winning two in Sydney and one in Athens.
This week’s Throwback Thursday video brings you the first Olympic medal Munz won, a silver in the 400 freestyle. The event was a sweep for the United States, as Brooke Bennett took the gold medal — her first of three as well.
Munz had to fight in the second half of the race, sitting in fourth place after 200 meters. Munz was a body length behind Janelle Atkinson and Claudia Poll at the 300-meter mark, but ran down the tiring swimmers and even outsplit Bennett.