Qualifies for Olympic Trials
By Phil Pierce, UA WOMEN'S
FAYETTEVILLE - In what was perhaps her final
swim at the UA Natatorium, recent University of Arkansas Lady Razorback
graduate Peggy Stoner had arguably the best race of her career as she
qualified for the United States Olympic Trials in the 50-meter freestyle
with a scorching time of 26.36.
In a last ditch effort to make the trials
qualifier, University of Arkansas head swimming coach Anne Goodman James
arranged for the Hog Course Time Trial to be held in Fayetteville. Several
attended the impromptu meet including former Lady Razorback and Slovakian
Olympian Natalia Kodajova, but it was Stoner's day as she trumped the
field in the long course competition on way to victory.
"It is absolutely incredible to see where
Peggy has come from over the past four years," Goodman James said. "We've
been going after this for a while and I admire Peggy's persistence."
Stoner's mark places her 42nd in the United
States heading into the Trials which begin next weekend in Long Beach,
Calif. Stoner and Goodman James head to the west coast on Thursday to
begin preparations for the July 14th 50-meter freestyle preliminaries.
One of Arkansas' all-time best swimmers, Stoner
was an all-American in the 200-freestyle relay as a junior and backed
that up with NCAA Championship performances in the 100 and 200-yard freestyles
as a senior. She set or helped set four University of Arkansas records
in her four seasons, mostly over the past two years and exits her career
as a Lady Razorbacks as one of Arkansas' best pure sprinters in its history.
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