Gaucho Men Tackle 100 Free and 200 Breaststroke, Lezak Qualifies for Semifinal

Chris Peterson (By Wendy Allen)
Chris Peterson (By Wendy Allen)

OMAHA, Neb. – UCSB alum and Olympic gold medalist Jason Lezak has qualified for the 100-meter freestyle semifinals, marking the first step on his way to making his fourth U.S. Olympic Team.

Lezak touched the wall in 49.40 seconds during Thursday morning's preliminaries, which was the ninth fastest time. He will swim in the semifinal tonight.

Four other Gauchos competed in the 100 free prelims. The next-fastest UCSB finisher was Chris Peterson, who touched in 51.17 seconds, which was 84th overall. Kevin Ferguson finished in 51.48 seconds (107th place), Ryan Hanni touched in 52.70 (164th place) and Kevin Kuhn finished in 52.79 (165th place).

 Two UCSB swimmers tackled the men's 200-meter breaststroke on Thursday morning. Chris Leon finished in 2:22.08, good for 98th. Tim Freeman, meanwhile, touched in 2:22.26, which was the 100th best time.

For complete U.S. Swimming Olympic Trials results, click here

Lezak's evening swim will be broadcast on NBC. For the complete broadcast schedule, click here