"I wanted to be an Olympic swimmer; how could I say something if I was wanting and yearning to be that good" Thompson told ABC News. "No one would believe me. I didn't realize at that time that a coach-athlete relationship should not be like that."
She says she was prompted to go to San Jose police in 2003 when she finally told a friend what had happened to her and "decided that I had to come forward and say something."
Sources say that there were two separate police investigations into Havercroft stemming from Thompson's complaint and that of the other swimmer, neither resulting in a criminal indictment. The San Jose Police Department would not immediately comment on the cases.
After her swimming career ended, Thompson became a San Jose police officer and now works in the area of gang prevention with a community organization there. She has two young children, neither of whom she said she would allow to competitively swim because of her experience.
"I hope that I can help prevent future swimmers from having to go through what I went through," she said.
Today's lawsuit is the fifth facing USA Swimming in alleged sexual misconduct cases. Allard is also representing another plaintiff in a separate lawsuit against USA Swimming, a victim of former San Jose-area swim coach Andy King, who was sentenced in January to 40 years in prison for decades of abuse perpetrated against young swimmers.