IU Swimmers Featured in 200 Breaststroke at U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials
July 2, 2008
OMAHA, Neb. - The men's 200-meter breaststroke preliminaries was littered with IU swimmers as seven competitors with Indiana ties were entered in the race. Junior Aaron Opell was the top Hoosier finisher in 24th (2:17.25), followed by sophomore Macgregor Leo in 34th (2:18.23).
Senior A.J. Miller also finished among the top 50 with a time of 2:19.38 (41st), while recent graduate Alec Haley was 53rd (2:22.05). Rounding out the group was senior Heath Tameris with a time of 2:27.44 (62nd). Indiana alum Kevin Swander, who finished fifth in the 100-meter breaststroke, scratched from the race, while Pat Penoyar was disqualified.
Recent graduate Todd Patrick competed in the 100-meter freestyle, clocking a time of 51.12 (74th).
Rising Indiana University sophomore Amanda Smith nearly added another IU record to her collection in the 200-meter butterfly.
Smith recorded a time of 2:13.83 in the 200 fly to finish 26th, just two tenths of a second off the Indiana University record of 2:13.63 set by Brittany Barwegen at the U.S. Nationals last summer. Barwegen also swam the 200 butterfly in Omaha, touching the wall in 2:19.10 which was good for 82nd.
Thursday's evening session will be broadcast live on USA Network from 8-9 p.m. ET.
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