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Stoner Qualifies for Olympic Trials

        FAYETTEVILLE - In what was perhaps her final swim at the UA Natatorium, recent University of Arkansas Lady Razorback graduate Peggy Stoner had arguably the best race of her career as she qualified for the United States Olympic Trials in the 50-meter freestyle with a scorching time of 26.36.
        In a last ditch effort to make the trials qualifier, University of Arkansas head swimming coach Anne Goodman James arranged for the Hog Course Time Trial to be held in Fayetteville. Several attended the impromptu meet including former Lady Razorback and Slovakian Olympian Natalia Kodajova, but it was Stoner's day as she trumped the field in the long course competition on way to victory.
        "It is absolutely incredible to see where Peggy has come from over the past four years," Goodman James said. "We've been going after this for a while and I admire Peggy's persistence."
        Stoner's mark places her 42nd in the United States heading into the Trials which begin next weekend in Long Beach, Calif. Stoner and Goodman James head to the west coast on Thursday to begin preparations for the July 14th 50-meter freestyle preliminaries.
        One of Arkansas' all-time best swimmers, Stoner was an all-American in the 200-freestyle relay as a junior and backed that up with NCAA Championship performances in the 100 and 200-yard freestyles as a senior. She set or helped set four University of Arkansas records in her four seasons, mostly over the past two years and exits her career as a Lady Razorbacks as one of Arkansas' best pure sprinters in its history.
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