April 21, 2014
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Dara Torres beat her own American record in the 50-meter butterfly on Friday night at the Texas Senior Circuit No. 2 meet at Texas A&M.
The 42-year-old Torres, who won three silver medals in Beijing last summer, touched the wall in 25.72 seconds in the final, improving on her record time of 25.84 seconds from the morning preliminaries.
Both times beat Jenny Thompson's American record of 26.00 seconds, set in Barcelona, Spain, in 2003. Marleen Veldhuis, of the Netherlands, set the world record of 25.33 seconds in April.
Torres, the first American swimmer to compete in five Olympics, is preparing for the U.S. championships in Indianapolis in July with an eye on the world championships in Rome later that month.