CORAL GABLES (LALATE) – Dara Torres’ Olympics 2012 bid will seek a 50 meter freestyle spot tonight. Dara Torres (photos below) to attend the Olympics 2012 Games in the sprint Free will get a final qualifying race tonight. On Saturday, Dara finished third in the semifinals at the US Swimming Olympic 2012 Trials. In results from Saturday, Jessica Hardy finished first, followed by Christine Magnuson and Torres. To reach the London 2012 Olympic games in the sprint free, Torres must finish first or second tonight.
Torres tells news that she was excited about her semi-finals finish because she didn’t race all out. She said that, with three races in two days, she conserved her energy for the finals. Since her last Olympic games, Torres has had surgeries to her shoulder and knee.
At age 45, if Torres qualifies tonight, she will become the first American swimmer to make six Olympic teams. Torres was in the LA Olympics of 84, Seoul 88, Barcelona 92, retired, then Sydney 2000. When she qualified for Beijing, she told news “I’m shocked. I don’t think it’s hit me yet that I made my fifth Olympic team.”
In 2008, Torres, as broke first on LALATE, qualified for her fifth Olympics, the first U.S. swimmer to do so. In Beijing, Dara qualified at age 41 and won three silvers.
In September 2010, LALATE broke news that Dara Torres wanted a sixth Olympics spot. Dara told news “[My] heart and head are like ‘Yeah, let’s go for it.”
As a youth, LALATE’s very own trained alongside Torres in the pool in Los Angeles. But since 2010, Torres has been full time training with coach Michael Lohberg at the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex. Torres has been training there since 2005’s birth of daughter Tessa Grace.
In July 2008, Dara qualified for the Olympics in the 100 m Free. “I’m shocked,” said Torres. “I don’t think it’s hit me yet that I made my fifth Olympic team” she told news at the time “I was thinking about my father, who passed away a year and a half ago, thinking about my daughter, I had to sit down for a minute to gather my emotions.” She laughed at the time. “I couldn’t see the scoreboard. It was kind of blurry. They need to make the numbers bigger for people my age.”
So is Dara heading to her sixth Olympics? Tonight, fans will learn when Dara competes in the 50 m finals.
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