Personal Bests 500y free.....4:27.97 1650y free...15:28.00
2000-01: Took the 2001 season off from swimming and will be returning as a junior for the 2002 season.
SOPHOMORE (1999-2000): At the 2000 Pac-10 Championships, he finished 10th in the 1,650 free, touching the wall at 15:34.82... Placed seventh (15th overall) in the consolation final of the 500y free with the time of 4:28.04... In the 200y free, he finished fourth (20th overall) in the bonus final at 1:41.13...Finished the 2000 season as the third-fastest Wildcat in two events, the 400m free (3:54.41) and the 800m free (8:09.17).
FRESHMAN (1998-99): Competed in 11 meets for the Wildcats in 1999... At the 1999 Pac-10 Championships, placed eighth in the finals of the 1,650 free, in a time of 15:28.00... Competed in the 500 free, finishing seventh in the consolation finals (15th overall) in a time of 4:27.97... Also finished first in the bonus final of the 200 free (17th overall) in a time of 1:40.34... Finished the season with the third-fastest Arizona time of the year in the 1,650 free (15:28.00), third-fastest 1,000 free time (9:22.05) and fourth-fastest 500 free time (4:26.38).
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned four varsity letters in swimming for Coach Jim Brum at Foothill High School in Tustin, Calif... Captain of high school swim team in 1997... Swam the 200, 500, 1,000 and 1,650 free while at Foothill HS... Selected as an All-American all four years in high school... Also earned one varsity letter at Foothill HS in water polo.
PERSONAL: James Dietrick Thornton... Born 3/31/80 in Tustin, Calif... Son of Mike and Jacque Thornton... Father is a graduate of University of New Mexico and mother is a graduate of Whittier (Calif.) College... Father ran track at University of New Mexico, 1960-64... Majoring in education at UA with a minor in art... High school honor roll student... Hobbies include swimming and school.