Patrick Advances to Finals in 200 IM at U.S Olympic Swimming Trials
July 3, 2008
OMAHA, Neb. - Todd Patrick, who recently completed his eligibility at Indiana University, will compete in the finals of the men's 200-meter individual medley tomorrow, wrapping up day five of competition at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb.
Patrick qualified fifth for the 200 IM final with a time of 2:00.87 in the semis, just off his career best of 2:00.59 set last summer in an international meet Japan. The finals are set for Friday night.
His time of 2:01.01 in the prelims was the fourth fastest of the morning, earning him a spot in the evening semifinals. Cody Weik also swam the 200 IM, placing 34th (2:04.90), while Aaron Opell came home in a time of 2:09.33 (80th).
Ben Hesen, who finished fifth in the 100-meter backstroke, placed 26th in the prelims of the 200-meter back, posting a time of 2:02.41. Also competing on Thursday was Amilee Smith, who placed 67th in the women's 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:38.05.
Indiana swimmers competing on Friday include Bryan Chovanec in the 50-meter freestyle, Amanda Smith in the 800-meter free, Presley Bard and Ashley Jones in the 200-meter backstroke, and Patrick, Hesen and A.J. Miller in the 100-meter butterfly.
Friday's evening session will be broadcast live on USA Network from 8-9 p.m. ET.
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