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"It's exciting, so you want to go out there and put down a good time," she said. "You don't want to use too much energy. I just wanted to feel my stroke out, have fun and see what my competition looks like."
"I can't be disappointed in myself," said Beard, who first came to prominence as a 14-year-old medalist at the Atlanta Olympics. "I'm very proud that I pushed myself. I'm 30 years old, so things aren't as easy as they were when I was younger. I still enjoy it. I'm still having fun. I'm not heartbroken."