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Puerto Rico native to compete in 100 freestyle

Originally Published: July 13, 2004
Associated Press

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Maritza Correia didn't have to win to make history.

With a fourth-place finish in the 100-meter freestyle, she became the first black woman to qualify for the U.S. Olympic swim team.

"I'm amazed, I'm shocked, I'm happy," said Correia, who now has a chance to be part of the 400 free relay in Athens. "It's a great honor. I hope I'm one of many."

Correia's finish Monday night in the U.S. swim trials allowed her to join Anthony Ervin as the ...

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