July 1, 2008

Former Gaucho Pat Cary Reaches Olympic Trials Semifinals

July 1, 2008

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Former UC Santa Barbara swimmer Pat Cary will swim in Tuesday night's 200-meter butterfly semifinal at the 2008 Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska. The top-eight swimmers from tonight's semi-finals will earn a spot in Wednesday night's final, the winner of which will earn a place on the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Roster.

Cary, a 2007 UCSB graduate, finished 11th in Tuesday morning's prelims with a time of 1:59.17. He is scheduled to swim in the second of two semifinals this evening in lane seven. UC Irvine's Eddie Erazo, who swam the event in 1:58.78 this morning, and the world record holder in the event, Michael Phelps, who is seeded with a time of 1:55.85, will join Cary in this evening's second heat.

Current Gaucho Chris Wiggin, who is entering his junior year at UCSB this fall, also swam the 200 butterfly this morning. Wiggin finished in 2:02.70, which was the 50th fastest time of the morning. Wiggin and Cary will each also swim in the 100-meter butterfly prelims on Friday.

With two and half days of the eight-day event already done, eight of the thirteen current Gauchos at the trials have already swam an event.

Senior and 2008-09 team captain, Chris Good was the first to swim. Good, who will also swim in the 200 back on Thursday, got things rolling for the Gauchos on Sunday. Seeded 49th out of 55 heading into the 400-meter individual medley, Good finished 23rd in the prelims with a time of 4:24.95.

Later in the day, the trio of junior Naomi Javanifard, senior Erin Yamamoto, and junior Katie Ure swam in the 100 butterfly prelims. Javinifard finished 76th overall with a mark of 1:01.91 while Yamamoto was right behind her teammate, though in different heats, and finished 77th at 1:01.93. Ure rounded out the group finishing 87th with a time of 1:02.14.

Also on Sunday, recent UCSB grad Brooks Felton and volunteer assistant coach Mark Warkentin each took their stab at the 400 freestyle. Felton finished in 4:02.56, 61st overall, while Warkentin was 58th clocking in at 4:01.26. Warkentin was the first qualifier for this year's Olympic Swim Team and will compete in the Open Water 10K in Beijing.

Monday morning saw two Gauchos tackle the 100-meter breaststroke: senior and 2008-09 team captain Katy Freeman and sophomore Sara Nicponski. Freeman finished in 21st with a mark of 1:10.29 just beating out her teammate who touched the wall at 1:10.30 good for 22nd.

There are several swims left for the Gauchos at this week's trials. Next up is Travis Jepson, who will swim the 200 breast on Wednesday followed by Bradley Matsumoto and Scott Vogelgesang, who will each tackle the 100 free the same morning.

Tonight's 200 butterfly semifinals should air on USA at 8 p.m. in addition to being streamed online at NBCOlympics.com.

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