When Whitney Hedgepeth failed to qualify for the 1992 Olympic swimming team, she didn’t let the missed opportunity bring her down. Instead, she turned disappointment into motivation. While swimming for Texas from 1990-1994, she racked up five national championships, 27 All-American honors and broke the American Record in the 200-meter backstroke (her record stood until 2001). She graduated in ’94 with a degree in education.
In ’96, Hedgepeth made the Olympic team and went on to Atlanta where she won three medals — one gold and two silver.
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