Swimmers Complete Day One of USA National Championships
July 31, 2007
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Sixteen Indiana student-athletes hit the pool on Tuesday for day one of competition at the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis. The event runs through Saturday as participants look to record qualifying times for the 2008 Olympic Trials.
Prelims began at 9 a.m. with the women's 200m butterfly, featuring junior Christie Fuchs (Leawood, Kan./Shawnee Mission East) and freshman Brittany Barwegen (Plano, Texas/Plano Senior). Barwegen placed 21st with a time of 2:14.77, which qualifies her for the Olympic Trials in the event. Fuchs swam 2:20.03, good for 56th place.
Four Hoosiers took part in the women's 200m breaststroke as freshman Amilee Smith (Ellicot City, Md./Howard) swam an Olympic Trials qualifying mark of 2:34.21, placing 21st. Sophomore Sarah Stockwell (Kent, Wash./Kentlake) finished 68th (2:39.44), followed by sophomore Abby Cooper (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline) in 74th (2:40.09) and Jessica Hill (92nd-2:42.43).
Competing against world record holder Brendan Hansen and Olympian Michael Phelps, the Hoosiers qualified six swimmers in the men's 200m breaststroke. Leading the way with an Olympic Trials qualifying time was senior Pat Penoyar (Shelton, Was./Shelton/Washington). Penoyar just missed out on a chance to swim against Phelps in the "B" final with a time of 2:17.16 (17th). Junior A.J. Miller (Middlebury, Ind./Northridge) finished 33rd (2:20.90), while sophomore Aaron Opell (Newburgh, Ind./Castle) touched the wall in 2:21.83 for 41st.
Rounding out the Indiana contingent in the 200m breaststroke were senior Ronald Hehn (Moorehead, Minn./Moorhead) in 2:22.45 (43rd), junior Heath Tameris (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) in 2:22.64 (47th) and senior Alec Haley (Casper, Wyo./Kelly Walsch) in 2:23.55 (54th).
Also scheduled to compete today were Cassie Luhrsen (O'Fallon, Ill./O'Fallon Township) in the 800m free and John Koehler (Springfield, Ohio/Central Catholic), Steffan Troxel (Jackson, Mo./Jackson) and Alex Brunfeldt (Lawrence, Kan./Lawrence Free State) in the 1500m free. Koehler recorded a time of 15:40.16 to finish fourth in his heat.
The Hoosiers will again have a busy schedule on Wednesday, beginning with Hill, Smith and Ashley Jones (Joliet, Ill./Minooka Community) in the 400 IM. Steven Murry (Memphis, Tenn./Gateway Christian), Haley, Koehler and Opell will swim the men's prelims in the same event.
One of the more exciting races will feature Todd Patrick (Chesterfield, Mo./Marquette) and Titus Knight (Austin, Texas/James Bowie) in the 100 free. Jones and Amy Harriman will swim the 200 backstroke, while Koehler and Ben Hesen (Jeffersonville, Ind./Jeffersonville) will challenge Phelps and word record holder Aaron Piersol in the men's race.
All preliminary events begin at 9 a.m., with the finals scheduled for 6 p.m.
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