Swimmers and Divers Continue to Make Waves at National Championships
Aug. 2, 2007
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - It was another eventful day for Indiana University swimmers as competition continues at the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships at the IU Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI.
Recapping action from late Wednesday night, Ashley Jones (Joliet, Ill./Minooka Community) and Presley Bard (Napa Calif,/Napa) both qualified as members of the U.S. National Team for the Japan International Grand Prix with top-10 finishes in the 200 meter backstroke.
Jones placed eighth in the prelims to qualify for the "A" final and took seventh overall with a time of 2:12.83. Swimming for the Terrapins Swim Team, Bard was the top finisher in the "B" final and ninth overall, touching the wall in 2:14.63. Both swimmers also qualified for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials. They was joined in the prelims by Amy Harriman who placed 91st (2:24.25).
On Thursday, T.P. Patrick (Chesterfield, Mo./Marquette) took first in the "C" final and 17th overall in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 54.08. Finishing 20th overall in the prelims, Patrick's time qualifies him for next year's Olympic Trials in the event.
Ben Hesen (Jeffersonville, Ind./Jeffersonville) also competed in the 100 back where he placed 86th with a time of 56.56.
A trio of swimmers competed in the men's 400-meter freestyle. John Koehler (Springfield, Ohio/Central Catholic) swam a n Olympic Trials qualifying time of 3:59.11 to place 33rd. He was followed by Alex Brunfeldt (Lawrence, Kan./Lawrence Free State) in 70th place (4:04.15) and Titus Knight (Austin, Texas/James Bowie) in 86th (4:10.62).
In addition to the swimmers, several IU divers are taking part in the Kaiser Permanente National Diving Championships in Stanford, Calif. After yesterday's first-place performance from Christina Loukas (Riverwoods, Ill./Deerfield) in the 1-meter spring board, Brittney Feldman (Indianapolis, Ind./Broad Ripple) competed in the platform where she placed 21st in the prelims with a score of 228.65.
In the synchronized 3-meter springboard event Loukas and partner Amanda Miller placed first in the prelims with a score of 287.40 and will compete in the final on Sunday. The synchronized platform preliminaries also took place earlier in the week with Feldman and partner Amy Korthauer placing fourth (259.41) to qualify for Saturday's final. Feldman and Korthauer were ninth (215.28) in the 3-meter event.
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