Over the past two seasons, Laura Nicholls has clearly established herself
as the fastest female swimmer in Canadian history. The 11-time national
champion holds the Canadian marks in both the 50 and 100 freestyle.
This past winter on the World Cup circuit she placed second overall in the
50 freestyle and third in the 100, 200 and 400 freestyle. She won eight
medals over the last three meets and broke the Canadian short course record
in the 200 freestyle. All this despite being hampered by injuries to both
shoulders since May 1999.
She is qualified to race in the Olympics in the 50 and 200 freestyle and
both freestyle relays. She is particularly excited about the potential of
the 4X200 freestyle which placed fourth at the world championships in 1998.
"This relay will be dynamite," said Nicholls. "It's a medal contender for
These will be her second Olympics. In 1996, she unexpectedly made her
first Olympic team beating the international time standard in the 50
freestyle at the final qualifying meet in Charlotte, just one month before
the Atlanta Games. Her grandfather Barrie Nicholls was a top British
hurdler but because of the World War II was unable to compete at the
Women's 400-metre individual medley: Michelle Lischinsky, Winnipeg; Christin Petelski, Victoria; Jen Button, Waterloo, Ont., and Laura Nicholls, Waterloo, finished fourth in heat, advanced to final.
Women's 100-metre freestyle: Laura Nicholls, Waterloo, finished seventh in semifinal heat, eliminated.
Women's 200-metre freestyle: Jessica Deglau, Vancouver, finished sixth in heat, eliminated; Laura Nicholls, Waterloo, Ont., was seventh in heat, eliminated.
Marianne Limpert, Fredericton; Shannon Shakespeare, Winnipeg; Laura Nicholls, Waterloo; Jessica Deglau, Vancouver, Waterloo, were seventh in final.
Canadian Olympic swimmers gather after their heat
The Canadian women have a group hug
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