Opell Makes Olympic Trials Cut at Toyota Grand Prix
April 4, 2008
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Indiana University sophomore Aaron Opell picked up four swimming Olympic Trials cuts at the Toyota Grand Prix meet held at Ohio State University last weekend.
Opell's time of 1:03.91 in the 100 breaststroke prelims earned him a spot at the U.S. Olympic Trials which will be held June 29-July 6 in Omaha, Neb. Opell clocked in at one-tenth of a second faster than Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps and two-tenths of a second behind world record holder Brendan Hansen. He finished eighth in the final with a time of 1:05.29.
He also earned a spot at trials in 200-meter individual medley with a time of 2:07.29, finishing ninth in the prelims. In the 400-meter individual medley he finished third in the prelims with a trials cut time of 4:28.67 and went on to finish sixth in the finals (4:29.70). Opell's fourth Olympic Trials cut came in the 200-meter breaststroke where he went 2:20.54 to finish fourth in the prelims. In the finals his time of 2:23.76 was good for seventh place.
At last week's USA Swimming Sectionals meet in Indianapolis, senior Alec Haley recorded a trials cut in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:20.22), while junior A.J. Miller earned his cut in the 100-meter butterfly.
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