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Jenny Thompson Wins 11th Olympic Medal On First Day Of 2004 Olympics
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 08/14/2004

Aug. 14, 2004 Athens, Greece - Former Stanford swimmer Jenny Thompson became the first Stanford associate to win a medal at the 2004 Olympic Games when she anchored the USA's 4x100 meter free relay team in a silver medal performance on the opening day of the games on Saturday. Thompson's medal was the 11th of her storied career, equaling the career swimming record at the Olympics held by Mark Spitz, Matt Biondi and Carl Osburn.

However, Thompson was denied her record ninth Olympic gold medal by an Australian team that broke a new world record to win the race in 3:35.94. Team USA set a new American record with a time of 3:36.39 and Thompson recorded the fastest leg for the Americans (53.77) despite being passed just after the last turn by Australia's Jodie Henry.

Thompson also qualified for Sunday's 100 meter fly finals by finishing sixth in the semifinals of the event on Saturday with a time of 58.91.
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Other athletes associated with Stanford to compete Saturday at the 2004 Olympics on included Julie Foudy (women's soccer), Jessica Mendoza (women's softball), Ogonna Nnamani (women's volleyball), Jamie Schroeder (men's rowing) and Logan Tom (women's volleyball). Current Stanford coaches Richard Quick (women's swimming) and John Rittman (women's softball) also served as assistant coaches with Quick making his sixth appearance on the Olympic coaching staff for USA Swimming and Rittman coaching at the Olympics for the first time.

Foudy (1989-92 at Stanford) played and started her second game for Team USA at the 2004 Olympics, helping lead the Americans to a 2-0 win over Brazil in a Women's Preliminaries Group G First Round contest. Foudy played all 90 minutes and took one shot. Team USA will next be in action versus Australia on Tuesday, August 17 (8:00 am, ET). The game will be aired live on MSNBC. More Olympic soccer coverage...

Mendoza (1999-2002 at Stanford) had a big afternoon for the USA Women's Softball Team, going 2-for-3 with a triple, two runs scored and two RBI as the club's starting leftfielder in a 7-0 win over Italy in a Preliminary contest that lasted just five innings due to a mercy rule. The Americans extended their win streak to 71 in a row.
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Nnamani (a senior at Stanford in 2004-05) and Tom (1999-2002 at Stanford) both saw extensive action for the top-ranked USA squad in a 3-1 upset loss at the hands of China in a Group B Women's Preliminary game. Tom scored 14 points (10 attacks, 2 blocks, 2 serves), while Nnamani contributed nine (8 attacks, 1 block). The Americans will return to the court versus Germany on Monday, August 16 (8:30 am, PT). More Olympic volleyball coverage...

Schroeder (a senior at Stanford in 2004-05) was a part of a Men's Four rowing team that finished fourth in its heat.
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