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Olympic Roundup, Day 1... Van Dyken, Tappin Strike Gold and WR in Relay... Carvin 6th, Neethling 8th in Olympic 400m Freestyle Final
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 09/16/2000
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Two Former University of Arizona swimmers contributed to a world record setting and gold medal winning performance Saturday in the womens 400-meter freestyle relay at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

Amy Van Dyken, who swam her first two collegiate seasons at Arizona, swam the first leg of the relay in the final, propelling the United States team to a world record time of 3 minutes, 36.61 seconds, knocking over a second off the previous record.. Courtney Shealy swam the second leg; Dara Torres, the third; and Jenny Thompson, the fourth.

The Americans broke the world record of 3:37.91 set by the Chinese team at the 1994 World Championships in Rome.

Ashley Tappin, who swam at Arizona from 1993-97, swam on the first leg of the relay in Saturday's preliminaries. While she was not a part of the record-setting final team, she still earned a gold medal because of her performance.

The Netherlands finished second to the Americans in 3:39.82, while Sweden was third in 3:40.30.

Carvin 6th, Neethling 8th in Olympic 400m Freestyle Final

Two former University of Arizona athletes advanced to the finals of the 400-meter freestyle at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, but neither finished with a medal.

Chad Carvin (UA Class of 1995) finished sixth in the race, swimming a time of 3 minutes, 47.58 seconds. Meanwhile, Ryk Neethling, who finished his eligibility in March, swam 3:48.52 and placed eighth.

Australian teen sensation Ian Thorpe won the event in 3:40.59, breaking his own world and Olympic records in the process. Italys Massimilano Rosolino finished second in 3:43.40, while Phoenix native Klete Keller was third in 3:47.00.

Italys Emiliano Brembilla placed fourth (3:47.01), Romanias Dragos Coman was fifth (3:47.38) and Australias Grant Hackett was eighth (3:48.22).

Earlier in the day, Arizona junior Maria Papadopoulou finished 32nd in the prelims of the 100-meter butterfly. Swimming for her native Cyprus, she clocked at time of 1:01.64, but only the top 16 (59.94) advanced to the semifinals.

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