Shirley Babashoff, center, 19-year-old queen of swimming in the U.S., dives off starting blocks in the women's 200 meter freestlyle event during the qualifying trials for the upcoming Montreal Olympics, at Blemont Plaza pool in Long Beach, Calif., June 17, 1976. Babashoff lowered her American record to two minutes, sixty-nine hundreths of a second to win the qualifying trials. Her time made her the third-fastest in women's swimming history.
Shirley Babashoff, center, 19-year-old queen of swimming in the U.S., dives off starting blocks in the women's 200 meter freestlyle event during the qualifying trials for the upcoming Montreal Olympics, at Blemont Plaza pool in Long Beach, Calif., June 17, 1976. Babashoff lowered her American record to two minutes, sixty-nine hundreths of a second to win the qualifying trials. Her time made her the third-fastest in women's swimming history. George Brich Associated Press file
Shirley Babashoff, center, 19-year-old queen of swimming in the U.S., dives off starting blocks in the women's 200 meter freestlyle event during the qualifying trials for the upcoming Montreal Olympics, at Blemont Plaza pool in Long Beach, Calif., June 17, 1976. Babashoff lowered her American record to two minutes, sixty-nine hundreths of a second to win the qualifying trials. Her time made her the third-fastest in women's swimming history. George Brich Associated Press file