Hesen's American Record Highlights Day Six of U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials
July 4, 2008
OMAHA, Neb. - Ben Hesen set a new American record in the 50-meter backstroke and Todd Patrick placed eighth in the 200-meter individual medley to highlight the Hoosiers on day six of the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb.
Hesen swam a time trial in the 50-meter backstroke and set a new American and U.S. Open record with a time of 24.71. That is the second-fastest time in the world this year and tops the previous American record of 24.84 set by Randall Bal in February 2007.
Patrick was eighth in the final of the 200 IM with a time of 2:01.52. He was up against Michael Phelps who won with a world-record time of 1:54.80. 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. His time of 2:01.01 in the prelims on Thursday was the fourth fastest of the morning.
Bryan Chovanec swam the fourth-fastest time ever by a Hoosier in the 50-meter freestyle, clocking in at 23.20 (55th). Ben Hesen, who finished fifth in the 100-meter backstroke earlier in the week, placd 66th in the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.03. A.J. Miller also swam the 100 fly, touching the wall in 55.59 (80th). Patrick was originally scheduled to swim the event but scratched.
On the women's side, Amanda Smith's time of 8:52.73 in the 800-meter freestyle prelims is the second fastest in school history and was good for 34th place. Presley Bard, a fifth-place finisher in the 100 backstroke, was 38th in the 200 back (2:16.07) and was joined by teammate Ashley Jones (54th- 2:16.90) in the race.
Saturday's competition will feature John Kevin Koehler and Steffan Troxel in the men's 1,500-meter freestyle.Saturday's evening session will be broadcast live on NBC from 8-9 p.m. ET.
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