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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2012
Out-sprinted by swimmers born after she won her first gold medal in 1984, Dara Torres failed in her quest for a sixth Olympic Games Monday night. Torres, 45, of Parkland, Fl., churned down the 50-meter pool in 24.82 seconds, coming in fourth. That was 32/100ths of a second behind first-place finisher, Jessica Hardy, and a mere 9/100th of a second after Kara Lynn Joyce. Hardy, 25, and Joyce, 26, go on to compete in the 50-meter freestyle race in London. Coming in third was Christine Magnuson, also 26. A chagrined but still smiling Torres said it was an emotional and rewarding experience to attempt another Olympics.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2012
Out-sprinted by swimmers born after she won her first gold medal in 1984, Dara Torres failed in her quest for a sixth Olympic Games Monday night. Torres, 45, of Parkland, Fl., churned down the 50-meter pool in 24.82 seconds, coming in fourth. That was 32/100ths of a second behind first-place finisher, Jessica Hardy, and a mere 9/100th of a second after Kara Lynn Joyce. Hardy, 25, and Joyce, 26, go on to compete in the 50-meter freestyle race in London. Coming in third was Christine Magnuson, also 26. A chagrined but still smiling Torres said it was an emotional and rewarding experience to attempt another Olympics.
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By Mike Downey and Mike Downey,Chicago Tribune | August 16, 2008
BEIJING - Dara Torres was born on April 15, 1967, two weeks before a blessed event was held in Las Vegas at the Aladdin Hotel, the wedding of singer Elvis Presley and his bride, Priscilla. Dara's father, Eddie Torres, bought the Aladdin (in a partnership with Wayne Newton) 13 years later. By then, his daughter the swim prodigy was a fixture in the expensive pools of Beverly Hills, including the one in the Torres family's sprawling 10-bath home there. He meant a great deal to Dara way back then.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2012
Missy Franklin and Elizabeth Beisel were the top two finishers in the 200-meter backstroke Sunday, earning spots on the Olympic team. Former North Baltimore Aquatic Club swimmer Elizabeth Pelton came in third. "You don't really swim to get to third," a dejected Pelton said. Her family, who moved from Connecticut to the Baltimore area for her to swim at NBAC, were in the stands. She has been training in Naples with her former NBAC coach, Paul Yetter, and is headed to Cal-Berkeley in the fall.
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By Doug Brown | September 17, 1991
Anita Nall, a Towson High sophomore who set an American record in the 200-meter breaststroke, is one of 16 listed on the ballot for U.S. Swimmer of the Year.Nall, who competes for the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, broke the record by 2 1/2 seconds with her time of 2:27.08 in the U.S. Spring Nationals in Seattle. She thus qualified for the Pan Pacific Championships last month in Edmonton, Canada, where she finished second in the consolation round, turning in a time of 2:31.10.The other Marylander named on the ballot is Mike Barrowman of Potomac, world record-holder in the men's 200-meter breaststroke.
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By Jill Rosen and Jill Rosen,Sun reporter | August 20, 2008
He smashes Olympic records, he hauls home more gold than any athlete in history, he inspires adjectives. Gather 'round wordsmiths: Thanks to the stunning performance of Michael Phelps, an amazing accomplishment will now be known as a "Phelpsian Feat." Fellow swimmer Aaron Piersol coined the term, thinking "Spitzian," which used to mean the same thing, was as passe as Mark Spitz's ample '70s mustache. One could say it's all but Phelpsian, how fast the new word has slipped into the lexicon.
SPORTS
July 7, 2008
OMAHA, Neb. -- Dara Torres already knew she was going to the Olympics. That's not good enough anymore. Torres, 41, won the 50-meter freestyle last night with another American record, giving her the chance to swim two individual events in Beijing. She has already done what no one thought possible, returning from her second retirement - and just two years removed from having a child - to reclaim her place as America's most dominant female sprinter. She will be the oldest American ever to swim at the Olympics, but she wants so much more.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2012
Missy Franklin and Elizabeth Beisel were the top two finishers in the 200-meter backstroke Sunday, earning spots on the Olympic team. Former North Baltimore Aquatic Club swimmer Elizabeth Pelton came in third. "You don't really swim to get to third," a dejected Pelton said. Her family, who moved from Connecticut to the Baltimore area for her to swim at NBAC, were in the stands. She has been training in Naples with her former NBAC coach, Paul Yetter, and is headed to Cal-Berkeley in the fall.
SPORTS
By RICK MAESE | August 8, 2008
BEIJING - On the dais, side by side, sat the king and queen of the XXIX Olympiad. His excellency, Michael. Her majesty, Dara. If there was any doubt about who had been anointed the respective titles of Golden Boy and Golden Girl of these Games, consider it gone. The opening ceremony isn't until tonight. Not a single swimming event has been contested. No one has stepped onto a medal stand. And no athlete has been the first across the finish line. Yet one pair of Olympic royalty is already certifiably gold.
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By Sandra McKee | January 12, 2012
The National Milk Mustache “got milk? ® ” campaign recently launched the call for entries for the 15th annual Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year (SAMMY) Awards.   The 2012 SAMMY scholarship recognizes 25 student-athletes who excel in academics, athletics, community service, leadership and who fuel their daily success with milk. Milk Mustache celebrity judges, Dara Torres and Chauncey Billups, will help select 25 winners from across the country who will receive a $7,500 college scholarship.
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By Jill Rosen and Jill Rosen,Sun reporter | August 20, 2008
He smashes Olympic records, he hauls home more gold than any athlete in history, he inspires adjectives. Gather 'round wordsmiths: Thanks to the stunning performance of Michael Phelps, an amazing accomplishment will now be known as a "Phelpsian Feat." Fellow swimmer Aaron Piersol coined the term, thinking "Spitzian," which used to mean the same thing, was as passe as Mark Spitz's ample '70s mustache. One could say it's all but Phelpsian, how fast the new word has slipped into the lexicon.
SPORTS
By Mike Downey and Mike Downey,Chicago Tribune | August 16, 2008
BEIJING - Dara Torres was born on April 15, 1967, two weeks before a blessed event was held in Las Vegas at the Aladdin Hotel, the wedding of singer Elvis Presley and his bride, Priscilla. Dara's father, Eddie Torres, bought the Aladdin (in a partnership with Wayne Newton) 13 years later. By then, his daughter the swim prodigy was a fixture in the expensive pools of Beverly Hills, including the one in the Torres family's sprawling 10-bath home there. He meant a great deal to Dara way back then.
SPORTS
By RICK MAESE | August 8, 2008
BEIJING - On the dais, side by side, sat the king and queen of the XXIX Olympiad. His excellency, Michael. Her majesty, Dara. If there was any doubt about who had been anointed the respective titles of Golden Boy and Golden Girl of these Games, consider it gone. The opening ceremony isn't until tonight. Not a single swimming event has been contested. No one has stepped onto a medal stand. And no athlete has been the first across the finish line. Yet one pair of Olympic royalty is already certifiably gold.
SPORTS
July 7, 2008
OMAHA, Neb. -- Dara Torres already knew she was going to the Olympics. That's not good enough anymore. Torres, 41, won the 50-meter freestyle last night with another American record, giving her the chance to swim two individual events in Beijing. She has already done what no one thought possible, returning from her second retirement - and just two years removed from having a child - to reclaim her place as America's most dominant female sprinter. She will be the oldest American ever to swim at the Olympics, but she wants so much more.
SPORTS
By Doug Brown | September 17, 1991
Anita Nall, a Towson High sophomore who set an American record in the 200-meter breaststroke, is one of 16 listed on the ballot for U.S. Swimmer of the Year.Nall, who competes for the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, broke the record by 2 1/2 seconds with her time of 2:27.08 in the U.S. Spring Nationals in Seattle. She thus qualified for the Pan Pacific Championships last month in Edmonton, Canada, where she finished second in the consolation round, turning in a time of 2:31.10.The other Marylander named on the ballot is Mike Barrowman of Potomac, world record-holder in the men's 200-meter breaststroke.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,Sun Reporter | June 29, 2008
OMAHA, Neb. -- As a young man, Michael Phelps dreamed of the day he would, in his words, change the sport of swimming in America. He wanted to revolutionize it, drag it into the mainstream and elevate the sport's profile beyond what once seemed possible. U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials Today-next Sunday, Qwest Center, Omaha, Neb. AT A GLANCE What: U.S. Olympic swimming trials Where: Qwest Center, Omaha, Neb. When: Today-next Sunday Swimmers to watch: Michael Phelps, Katie Hoff, Natalie Coughlin, Brendan Hansen, Ryan Lochte, Aaron Peirsol, Ian Crocker, Gary Hall Jr., Dara Torres Tentative events for Phelps: 100- and 200-meter freestyles, 200 and 400 individual medleys, 100 and 200 backstrokes, and 100 and 200 butterflies Tentative events for Hoff: 200 backstroke, 200 individual medley and 400 IM and the 100, 200, 400 and 800 freestyles TV: Today, 8-9 p.m., chs. 11, 4; tomorrow-Thursday, 8-9 p.m., USA;Friday-July 6, 8-9 p.m., chs. 11, 4 Making the team: The top swimmer in each event earns a spot on the U.S. Olympic team, which will take 26 men and 26 women to Beijing.
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By Chicago Tribune | September 4, 2008
CHICAGO - Before Michael Phelps could finally return home to Baltimore, the Olympian needed to visit a fan in Chicago. Appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Phelps was the guest of the hour yesterday as Winfrey played host to 176 Olympians at Millennium Park during a special welcome-back taping in front of thousands of fans. The winner of eight gold medals in Beijing was asked about everything from his love life - to which he replied, "My private life is something I want to keep a little private" - to his bulldog, whom Phelps said he missed terribly while competing at the Games.
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