OMAHA, Neb. – UCSB graduates Jason Lezak and Katy Freeman have kept their 2012 Olympic hopes alive by advancing in their respective events as the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha.
On Thursday night, Lezak finished ninth in the 100-meter freestyle semifinals with a mark of 49.05 seconds. The three-time Olympian was seemingly edged out of the eight-man final, which will be swam Friday night, by .02 seconds. Fortunately, Ryan Lochte, who placed fifth in the semifinal, has withdrawn from the event, allowing the veteran Lezak to keep his Olympic dreams alive.
Freeman, meanwhile, placed 12th (2:29.48) in this morning's 200 breaststroke preliminaries and will advance to her second semifinal of the meet (she also swam in the 100 breaststroke). She will be attempting to make her first career Olympic Trials final.
Current Gaucho and the 2012 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Freshman of the Year, Katie Records, touched the wall in 2:38.50 during the morning's 200 breast prelims. The time was the 92nd fastest.
Recent UCSB graduate Evan Simoni also competed today, finishing the 200 individual medley in 2:09.35, which was the 107th fastest time.
For complete U.S. Swimming Olympic Trials results, click here.
Tonight's evening swims will be broadcast on NBC. For the complete broadcast schedule, click here.