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July 17, 2000 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Staciana Stitts, who had just finished a strong showing in the Janet Evans Invitational, seemed to launch into an Academy Award-style speech. "I have to thank my coaches, both of them. And my parents, I can never pay them back for everything they have done for me . . . " Cue the music. Go to commercial. Actually, Stitts can go on as long as she likes. She has earned it. A year ago, she was an 18-year-old with off-the-rack Olympic dreams.
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August 12, 2000 | DIANE PUCIN
It was half an hour before her race and Staciana Stitts sat on a bench with rap music pounding through her headphones and into her head, her arms, her legs, straight through to her heart. Stitts was looking for attitude, she wanted to feel fierce and strong and forceful and then she wanted to dive in the pool and make the U.S. Olympic team.
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August 11, 2000 | DIANE PUCIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Diana MacManus turned 14 in April and she's been swimming barely four years. So forgive her the smile that won't go away. MacManus, who will be a freshman at Irvine High in the fall, qualified sixth Thursday night and will be swimming today in the finals of the women's 100-meter backstroke at the U.S. Olympic trials.
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August 11, 2000 | DIANE PUCIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Diana MacManus turned 14 in April and she's been swimming barely four years. So forgive her the smile that won't go away. MacManus, who will be a freshman at Irvine High in the fall, qualified sixth Thursday night and will be swimming today in the finals of the women's 100-meter backstroke at the U.S. Olympic trials.
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August 12, 2000 | DIANE PUCIN
It was half an hour before her race and Staciana Stitts sat on a bench with rap music pounding through her headphones and into her head, her arms, her legs, straight through to her heart. Stitts was looking for attitude, she wanted to feel fierce and strong and forceful and then she wanted to dive in the pool and make the U.S. Olympic team.
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June 18, 1998 | ERIK HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Staciana Stitts' swimming career couldn't look better. As one of the nation's top breaststrokers, Stitts, 16, who just finished her junior year at Carlsbad High, recently qualified for the U.S. Goodwill Games team. She performed well at Senior Nationals in April, and her six-day training schedule with her club, the Irvine Novaquatics, has given her the confidence she says she needs in preparation for the 2000 U.S. Olympic team.
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September 15, 2000
Some were born and raised here. Others--such as the U.S. Olympic water polo teams--took up residence in Orange County while training for the 2000 Olympics.
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August 14, 2001 | Lauren Peterson
Brooke Bennett, gold medalist in the women's 800-meter freestyle at the Sydney Olympics last year, is seeded No. 1 in the event at the Phillips 66 U.S. Summer National Championships, which begin today at Clovis Olympic Swim Complex in Fresno. Bennett will be one of several Olympic swimmers at the meet, considered the most prestigious in the U.S. in a non-Olympic year.
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May 28, 1999 | ERIK HAMILTON
Ranked swimmers from throughout the world will compete today through Sunday in the sixth annual Speedo Grand Challenge at Heritage Aquatics Complex in Irvine. Among those competing will be Olympians Amanda Beard, Ashley Tapping and Kristine Quance-Julian, who is returning to competition for the first time since having a baby. Elli Overton, a 1996 Olympian from Australia, also will be swimming.
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April 30, 2004 | Lisa Dillman
Preparation for the U.S. Olympic swim trials will continue with one of the last remaining local meets, the Speedo Grand Challenge at McDonald's Swim Stadium at USC, today through Sunday. According to organizers, 2000 U.S. Olympians Lenny Krayzelburg, Jason Lezak, Neil Walker, Erik Vendt, Kaitlin Sandeno, Nate Dusing and Staciana Stitts are among those scheduled to compete in the three-day meet.
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July 17, 2000 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Staciana Stitts, who had just finished a strong showing in the Janet Evans Invitational, seemed to launch into an Academy Award-style speech. "I have to thank my coaches, both of them. And my parents, I can never pay them back for everything they have done for me . . . " Cue the music. Go to commercial. Actually, Stitts can go on as long as she likes. She has earned it. A year ago, she was an 18-year-old with off-the-rack Olympic dreams.
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June 18, 1998 | ERIK HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Staciana Stitts' swimming career couldn't look better. As one of the nation's top breaststrokers, Stitts, 16, who just finished her junior year at Carlsbad High, recently qualified for the U.S. Goodwill Games team. She performed well at Senior Nationals in April, and her six-day training schedule with her club, the Irvine Novaquatics, has given her the confidence she says she needs in preparation for the 2000 U.S. Olympic team.
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May 25, 2001 | Melanie Neff
Six Olympic medalists will compete at the Speedo Grand Challenge Swim Invitational beginning today at Heritage Aquatics Park in Irvine. Jason Lezak, Aaron Peirsol, Anthony Ervin, Misty Hyman, Scott Tucker and Staciana Stitts are among those competing in the three-day event, hosted by the Irvine Novaquatics. Lezak and Ervin will highlight Day 1 in the 50-meter freestyle. Lezak, who swims for the Novaquatics, has the fastest seed time in the event, 22.34 seconds.
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May 25, 1998 | ERIK HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before the 100-meter freestyle Sunday, Jason Lezak had more important things to worry about than racing Sabir Muhammad, one of the nation's top swimmers, at the Speedo Grand Challenge in Irvine. Such as whether he could keep up in the race. But Lezak shocked even himself on the final day of the meet, winning the race in 51.99 seconds at the Heritage Park Swim Complex. "I was really surprised at my time," Lezak said. "Sabir is a really good freestyler and I knew it would be a tough race.
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