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Amanda Beard - Breaststroke/IM
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 22, 2004
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1V · Breaststroke/IM · 5'8" · Sophomore · Irvine, Calif.

FRESHMAN: At the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, captured the bronze medal in the 200m breaststroke (2:25.35)... Earned four first-team All-America honors at the 2000 NCAA Championships in the 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke, 200m medley relay and the 400m medley relay... Also earned honorable mention All-America honors in the 200m individual medley... Placed second in the 400m medley relay (3:58.47), the 200m medley relay (1:49.71) and the 200m breaststroke (2:22.84)... Finished fourth in the 100m breaststroke (1:06.95) and 10th in the 200m individual medley (2:13.03)... Crowned the 2000 Pac-10 champion in the 200y breast, posting a school-record time of 2:10.41... Also at the 2000 Pac-10s, finished third in the 100y breast (1:01.55)... Broke the American record in the 100m (SC) breaststroke at the Texas Invitational in December 1999 by swimming a time trial of 1:06.67, which is also a school record... Holds the school record in the 200y breast with a time of 2:07.98, the 200y medley relay (1:38.30) and the 400y medley relay (3:33.66)... Has the school's fastest time in the 200m individual medley (2:12.51) and the school's second-fastest time in the 100m butterfly (1:00.46).

1999 WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES: On the island of Palma de Mallorca, Spain (July 8-13), Beard, the American record holder in the 100-meter breaststroke, earned a silver in that event, by racing to a 1:10.23.

HIGH SCHOOL: American record holder in the 100m breaststroke... Sixth-fastest woman ever in 200m breast and the second-fastest American woman... Seventh-fastest woman ever in 100m breast... Three-time national champion... Earned four varsity letters in swimming for Coach Scott Hinman at Irvine High School... Also swam under Coach Dave Salo for Irvine Novaquatics (1994-1999).

YEAR-BY-YEAR - 1999: Runner-up in 100m and 200m breast and fourth in 100m butterfly at Phillips 66 Spring Nationals... 1998: Finished ninth in 100m breast at P66 Summer Nationals, qualifying for the 1999 World University Games team... Disqualified in finals of 200m breast... 1997: Earned a gold medal at Short Course Worlds, swimming breaststroke leg of American record-breaking medley relay... Swept the breaststroke events at P66 Spring Nationals after having surgery on her right wrist to remove a cyst in January... Member of National B team... 1996: Member of gold medal-winning 400m medley relay and earned silver medals in 100m breast (broke American record) and 200m breast at the Olympics... Won 100m and 200m breast at the U.S. Trials to earn a spot on the Olympic team... 1995: Won both breaststrokes at U.S. Open, earning a tie for Phillips Performance Award... Earned two bronze medals (100m and 200m breast) and a silver (400m medley relay) at the Pan Pacific Games... Won the 100m breast and finished second in the 200m breast in P66 Summer Nationals... Won the 100m breast and 200m breast at U.S. Olympic Festival... Broke two of Tracy Caulkins' Mission Viejo meet records... Named "Rookie of the Meet" at P66 Spring Nationals.

PERSONAL: Amanda Ray Beard... Born 10/29/81 in Newport Beach, Calif... Daughter of Dan and Gayle Beard... Both parents are 1971 graduates of Washington State University... Father, Dan, also played basketball for the Cougars from 1967-69 and is currently a professor at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif... Sisters Leah Silberman and Taryn Beard are swim coaches... High School Victor Award recipient... Scholar-athlete award winner at Irvine HS... Plans to study interior design at UA... Has two cats, one dog, two rabbits and four birds... Hobbies include shopping and snowboarding.

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