The first Arkansas women to qualify for the AAU National meet,
Thompson was 15 years old when she swam I the outdoor national in
Los Angeles in 1970. She was ranked in the top 25 female swimmers
in the world for the 100 meter freestyle that year. Competing for
the Little Rock Racquet club, Thompson was a three-time AAU
National qualifier and a member of the LRCC relay team that
qualified for the 1972 Olympic Trials.