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Dara Torres competes at Seven Hills

Updated: June 17, 2011, 6:49 PM ET
Associated Press

ROME -- Dara Torres closed a circle of sorts, fighting off tears after swimming in her first major meet since her coach died.

The 44-year-old American swimming great competed at the Seven Hills meet Friday, 10 weeks after Michael Lohberg died from a rare blood disorder.

"This is a meet when I came back in 2007 it was my first meet back with Michael, and in '09 (when Rome hosted the world championships) it was my last meet with him, so it's kind of a sentimental reason to come back ...

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