Tim Peterson beat the international Olympic qualifying standard in the
men's 1,500-metre freestyle at the last day of competition at the summer
nationals in Winnipeg last month. In fact he was the 39th and final
swimmer to qualify for the team. Peterson, a 1998 Commonwealth Games team
member, placed second in the race clocking 15 minutes and 25.09 seconds to
eclipse the 15:26.05 standard. It was a personal best by 11 seconds.
"I was pretty down about not making the team initially at the Olympic
trials (in June)," said Peterson, a 21-year-old engineering student. "I
wasn't too sure what to expect. I was pretty surprised with my time at the
nationals. I can't believe I'm going to the Olympics."
Men's 1,500-metre freestyle: Tim Peterson, Vancouver, was eighth, eliminated.
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