Lara Jackson

Lara Jackson celebrates setting the US record time of 24.50 during the women's 50-meter freestyle preliminaries at the US Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, July 5, 2008. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Mark J. Terrill

Although she failed to make the 2008 U.S. Olympic team by an eyelash, Jackson, a freestyle sprinter, set an American record at the Olympic Trials and was part of five NCAA championships on the 2008 national championship team. 

Sports columnist for the Arizona Daily Star.