Indiana Athletes Hit the Pool at U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials
June 29, 2008
OMAHA, Neb. - - Fifteen swimmers with Indiana University ties hit the pool on day one of the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb.
Kevin Swander, who holds the Indiana records in the 100- and 200-meter breaststrokes and 100-and 200-yard breaststrokes, will swim the final of the 100-meter breaststroke Monday night after advancing out of Sunday night's semifinals with a time of 1:01.27 to finish seventh overall. Swander advanced to the semifinals in the morning session with a time of 1:01.70, good for ninth place. Four other Hoosiers also competed in the 100 breast with Pat Penoyar 19th (1:02.66), Aaron Opell 28th (1:03.03), Ronnie Hehn 54th (1:04.38) and Heath Tameris 73rd (1:06.71).
Recent graduate John Kevin Koehler had one of the top showings of the day with a 16th-place finish in the 400-meter freestyle, touching the wall in 3:54.58. Rising IU sophomore Titus Knight was 38th with his time of 3:57.62. Only the top eight swimmers advanced to the final, led by American record holder Peter VanDerKaay (3:48.06).
Opell was the top IU finisher in the 400-meter individual medley, finishing 22nd in the morning prelims with a school-record time of 4:24.69. Opell took more than three seconds off the 12-year-old record of 4:27.74 set by Rob Iglinski in March of 1996.Steven Murry was 39th (4:28.35), followed by Cody Weik (41st-4:29.54), and Alec Haley (46th- 4:30.99). Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte went on to earn spots at the Beijing Olympics in the evening final, both posting times under the previous world record.
Former Indiana All-American Leila Vaziri was 69th in the 100-meter butterfly prelims (1:01.61), followed by junior Donna Smailis who was 72nd (1:01.72). Senior Allison Kay recorded a time of 1:02.49 to finish 106th, while junior Brittany Barwegen placed 115th with a time of 1:02.77. The top 16 swimmers, led by Christine Magnuson with a time of 57.84, qualified for Sunday night's semifinal races.
Amilee Smith swam the 400-meter individual medley Sunday afternoon, coming home in a time of 4:53.23 which was good for 40th. Kay also competed in the 400 IM, clicking in at 4:56.73 (63rd).
Monday will be another busy day in the pool for Indiana swimmers. Presley Bard and Ashley Jones will swim the 100 back on the women's side, while Ben Hesen and Todd Patrick will compete in the men's race. Knight and Weik are entered in the 200 freestyle, with Abby Cooper, Amilee Smith and Sarah Stockwell in the 100 breaststroke. Amanda Smith will compete in the 400 freestyle.
Monday's evening session will be broadcast live on USA Network from 8-9 p.m. ET.
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