June 29, 2012
OMAHA, Neb. -
Just when he thought his Olympic Trials stay was over, junior Cody Miller finds himself in the final of the 200-meter individual medley at the USA Swimming Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb.
All eyes were on Miller's semifinal race as Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps were featured in the same heat. While the two Olympians distanced themselves from the field, Miller was next to touch the wall, taking third in 2:01.63. That is the fourth-fastest time in school history, but it left Miller in ninth place overall, just behind Tyler Harris' qualifying time of 2:01.51.
However, after the race Peter Vanderkaay, who finished sixth overall, scratched from the final. That placed Miller in his first Olympic Trials final. Miller will once again go up against Lochte and Phelps Saturday night. You can watch the race live on NBC from 8-9 ET.
Miller won his prelim heat by a body length with a time of 2:02.29, giving him the fifth-fastest time in school history and placing him 10th overall. It was also the fastest time of the first 10 heats. Sophomore Steve Schmuhl was second in his heat and finished 22nd overall with a time of 2:03.33. Senior Sam Trahin placed 53rd with his time of 2:05.43.
Allysa Vavra placed 49th in the 200-meter breaststroke, posting a time of 2:35.13. Katelyn Ishee came home in 2:36.79, good for 66th overall.
Former Hoosier John Kevin Koehler clocked a time of 2:08.17 in the 200-meter backstroke, putting him 98th in the field.
98. John Kevin Koehler - 2:08.17
49. Allysa Vavra - 2:35.13
66. Katelyn Ishee - 2:36.79
200 Individual Medley
9. Cody Miller - 2:01.63 (semifinal; fourth-fastest in school history) (2:02.29 prelims; fifth fastest in school history)
- Advanced to final after a scratch
22. Steve Schmuhl - 2:03.33
53. Sam Trahin - 2:05.43