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Arizona Swimmers Win Eight Medals at 2004 Olympic Games
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: August 24, 2004
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Total includes four gold medals

 

TUCSON, Ariz. ?- University of Arizona swimmers definitely left their mark at the recently completed 2004 Olympic swimming competition in Maroussi, Greece.

 

Current or former Wildcats claimed a total of eight medals, including four gold medals, in the swimming events, which were held Aug. 14-21 at the Olympic Aquatic Centre.  Their collective efforts included one world record (Men’s 400-meter Freestyle Relay/3:13.17), one Olympic record (Women's 200-meter Breaststroke/2:23.37) and American record (Women’s 200-meter Individual Medley/2:11.70).

 

When compared to the rest of the world, Arizona’s eight medals won at the 2004 Athens Olympics left the Wildcats tied with Japan for third place in the final medal count.  Here is a look at the swimming medals table as supplied by FINA.

 

 

FINAL 2004 OLYMPIC SWIMMING MEDAL TOTALS

                                   Gold      Silver    Bronze       Total

1.     United States           12             9             7            28

2.     Australia                    7             5             3            15

3.     Japan                        3             1             4             8

        ARIZONA                   4             3             1             8

4.     Netherlands                2             3             2             7

5.     Ukraine                      2             0             1             3

6.     France                       1             2             3             6

7.     Poland                       1             2             0             3

8.     South Africa               1             1             1             3

9.     Zimbabwe                  1             1             1             3

10.   China                         1             1             0             2

11.   Romania                    1             0             1             2

12.   Austria                       0             2             0             2

13.   Germany                    0             1             4             5

14.   Italy                           0             1             1             2

14.   Hungary                     0             1             1             2

16.   Russia                       0             1             0             1

16.   Croatia                       0             1             0             1

18.   Great Britain               0             0             2             2

19.   Trinidad & Tobago       0             0             1             1

19.   Argentina                   0             0             1             1

        Total                       32            32            33            97

 

Here is a listing of Arizona’s 2004 swimming medalists:

 

Amanda Beard (3)                   

            GOLD, 200m Breaststroke (Olympic Record); SILVER, 200m Individual Medley (American Record); SILVER, 400m Medley Relay.

 

Lyndon Ferns (1)                   

            GOLD, 400m Freestyle Relay (World Record)

 

Ryk Neethling (1)                   

            GOLD, 400m Freestyle Relay (World Record)

 

Roland Schoeman (3)   

            GOLD, 400m Freestyle Relay (World Record); SILVER, 50m Freestyle; BRONZE, 100m Freestyle

 

Other UA Olympic swim notes included:

 

  • Roland Schoeman's leadoff leg of 48.17 on Aug. 15 in the 400m Freestyle Relay equaled the second-fastest time ever for the 100m Freestyle.

 

  • Current UA junior Simon Burnett (Great Britain) set a British record of 1:47.72 on Aug. 15 in the semifinal of the 200m Freestyle.  He placed seventh in the Olympic final a day later.

 

  • Amanda Beard succeeds Amy VanDyken (6 gold medals in 1996 & 2000) as the UA athlete with the most career Olympic medals with seven (3 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze).

  

  • Bolstered by swimming’s eight medals, UA athletes have won 11 total medals to date in Athens.  With five days of competition remaining, that number equals the most medals ever won by the UA contingent at a single Olympic Games (Los Angels 1984 and Atlanta 1996).

 

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