LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Dara Torres didn’t qualify for the 2012 Olympics. Torres failed to qualify for the 2012 Olympics moments ago in final results at the Olympic trials for swimming. Unlike previously trials, Dara Torres only had one possible event this time around: the 50 M Free. While Torres finished third in the semi-finals, she finished fourth tonight. A second place finish was necessary for qualification for the Games.
Torres has competed in every Summer Olympic Games since 1988 with the exception of 1996 and 2004. Torres had told news Saturday that she was delighted with her semi-finals finish and still had some left in her. But tonight, she said she simply could muster enough to get to second.
Torres felt a super slow start and lackluster finish were to blame. “I can leave this knowing I gave it everything I possibly could,” she told NBC News tonight. “That’s the best I could do.”
In final results, Jessica Hardy won the event with a time of 24.50. Kara Lynn Joyce finished second, narrowly beating Christine Magnuson in third.
Dara had only opted to enter the 50 free in these Trials. Torres has undergone several surgeries over the year.
In 2007, he doctor told news “Dara had surgery … to remove bone spurs and repair a partial tear in her rotator cuff. She was doing quite well, but over time she developed this degenerative arthritis problem in the AC joint.” Dara had suffered a distal clavicle resection since the 2000 Olympics.
In announcing her return to swimming in 2010, she told news in 2010 “If Jack Nicklaus can win a Masters at 46 and Nolan Ryan can pitch a no-hitter at 44, why can’t a 41-year-old mom compete in the Olympics? I had the experience. I knew what to expect. I knew how to handle certain situations and young kids don’t have that.”
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