40-year-old Dara Torres set an American record last night after her win in the 50-meter freestyle and is working her way towards making her fifth Olympic appearance.
This is Dara’s 15th national title and is now dubbed the oldest national champion in U.S. swimming history.
She won the 50-meter freestyle in the same pool in which she qualified for her first Olympics way back in 1984. She came in at 24.53 seconds, which is a personal best for her, and beat her own American record of 24.63 which she set at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
This is her second win of the week, she won the 100 freestyle on Wednesday, her first title after taking seven years off and giving birth to her first child 17 months ago, Tessa Grace.
“It’s an awesome feeling,” she said. “I can’t put words on it to describe how I felt when I touched that wall and saw my time. “It feels exactly the same. I was 14, I was bouncing off the walls. Now I’m a little more mature but I still have that same excited feeling when I touch the wall.”
Youngsters beware….don’t underestimate the power of 40-year-olds…