Torres, 45, Reaches Women's 50-meter Finals

With one more Olympic medal, swimmer Dara Torres would break her tie with Jenny Thompson as the most decorated American woman in her sport. But the hardware isn't what inspired Torres on Sunday, when she swam in the semifinals of the women's 50-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic trials.

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  • Dara Torres
    Torres also qualified in the 100-meter freestyle, but later withdrew from the individual 100-meter freestyle event to focus her efforts on the 50-meter freestyle and 4×100-meter relay events. On July 30, at the U.S. swim team's final training in Singapore, Torres, Amanda Beard and Natalie Coughlin were elected captains of the U.S. Olympic women's swimming team.
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  • World record progression 50 metres freestyle
    The first world record in the men's 50 metres freestyle in long course (50 metres) swimming was recognized by the International Swimming Federation (FINA) in 1976. In the short course (25 metres) swimming events the world's governing body recognizes world records since March 3, 1991.
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  • Dara Torres
    Swimmers refer to the 50-meter freestyle as “the splash and dash.” You dive, hit the water, go all out for about 20 seconds and then reach for the wall.
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