By Phillip Whitten
U.S. Olympic hopefuls Dara Torres, 32, and Byron Davis, 29, have switched clubs as they prepare for the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Torres, who won relay gold medals on the 1984 and ’92 teams, will be training with and representing the Santa Clara Swim Club. She had been training at the Stanford Swim Club. Stanford coach Richard Quick and Santa Clara coach Dick Jochums will confer in designing Torres’ workouts. Torres will continue her weight training and pilates training at Stanford under the same dryland coaches who have been coaching her.
In her first workout at Santa Clara, Torres did a set of 2 x [5 x 100 meters (lc)] on two minutes, descending. In the first group of five, she finished with a 58.2. In the second, she ended up with a 56.7–from a push! Not bad for an old lady of 32!
Davis, who in 1996 came within a whisker of becoming the first African-American member of the US Olympic Swim Team, is now training for and representing Irvine Novaquatics under coach Dave Salo. He is supplementing his Nova training two days a week with aerobic and technique work under UCLA assistant coach Brad Burnham. Davis previously had been swimming for the Trojan Swim Club.