Jenny Thompson Dominates Santa Clara International Swim Meet
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) _ Olympian Jenny Thompson, preparing for the Atlanta Games beginning in three weeks, won two events in the Santa Clara International swim meet Friday.
Thompson, one of the top American gold-medal hopefuls, eased to victory in the 100-meter freestyle and 100 butterfly in the final major pre-Olympic tuneup meet.
Her winning 100 freestyle time of 55.28 seconds was only one-100th of a second slower than the winning time in the U.S. Olympic trials. Thompson, 23, a gold medalist in two relays in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, posted the fifth-best time in the world this year. She is the American record-holder and former world record-holder in the 100 free.
Thompson, a former Stanford swimmer and a resident of Dover, N.H., also won the 100-meter fly in 1:04.
The 29th annual meet, which began Thursday and continues through Sunday, produced no surprises Friday as some of the 59 Olympians present _ including 20 Americans _ wound down their preparations for the Atlanta Games.
The closest race was in the men’s 100 breaststroke, in which U.S. Olympian Kurt Grote of San Diego outreached Japan’s Hideyuki Suto, 1:04.10 to 1:04.12.
Another U.S. Olympian, Allison Wagner of Gainesville, Fla., captured the women’s 400 individual medley in 4:48.82.
In a battle of Olympians, New Zealand’s Danyon Loader, silver medalist at Barcelona, edged Josh Davis of San Antonio in the men’s 200 freestyle. Loader swam 1:50.42, Davis 1:50.94.
Sergey Mariniuk, who swims for the host Santa Clara Swim Club, won the men’s 400 IM in 4:23.74. It was the second victory of the meet for Mariniuk, who will swim for his native Moldova in Atlanta. He won the 800 free Thursday.
Christin Petelski, a member of the Canadian Olympic team, prevailed in the women’s 200 breaststroke in 2:33.82.
In the men’s 200 fly, Can Ergenekan of the Turkish Olympic team was the winner in 2:00.72. Ergenekan formerly competed for the University of Minnesota.