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Amanda Barnes HOF
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/03/2014
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Amanda Barnes HOF
     Amanda Barnes was already a household name by the time she entered the University of Arizona in the fall of 1999, having won three medals as a 14 year-old at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. She did not disappoint in her two seasons with the Wildcat swim program, as Barnes was a 10-time All-American and 2001 NCAA individual champion (200 breastroke) in that span. At the time of her induction, she still holds the top time in Arizona history in both the 100 yard and 200 yard breastroke with times of 59.73 and 2:07.98, respectively. She turned professional following her sophomore season and finished her competitive career as one of the most decorated swimmers in history. Not only did she participate in four Olympiads (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008), but set two world and six American records. Beard is the most decorated Olympic athlete in Arizona history, earning seven total medals (2 gold/ 4 silver/ 1 bronze).
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