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Women's team still needs work

Updated: July 15, 2004, 3:48 PM ET
By Steve Woodward | Special to ESPN.com

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- The revelation that teen swimmer Michael Phelps might emerge as merely sensational instead of immortal did not deter the head coach of the U.S. Olympic swimming team from bold declarations less than a month before the opening of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

"This could be one of the strongest (men's) teams since the (1976) team," said Eddie Reese, the University of Texas coach for 26 seasons who is making his second tour as head Olympic coach since 1992. "That ...

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