Soni Earns Olympic Bid In 100 Breast|
June 27, 2012
USC great Rebecca Soni, some four years after breaking onto the world scene with gold and silver medals at the 2008 Olympics, secured her berth into the 2012 Games in London with a second-place finish in the 100-meter breast on the third day of the 2012 U.S. Swimming Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb., on Wednesday (June 27).
Soni, who lowered the U.S. Trials record as well as the world's best time this year to 1:05.82 in the semifinals Tuesday night, finished second tonight in 1:05.99 behind Breeja Larson's 1:05.92.
Soni finished fourth in the 100 at the 2008 Trials. But after club teammate Jessica Hardy was forced to withdraw after testing positive for a banned substance, Soni was allowed to compete in the event at the Olympics and won silver in the race.
That set her up for her upset win in the 200m breast days later. Soni will get her chance to qualify in that event - and earn a shot to defend her Olympic gold - beginning with the prelims on Friday.
Hardy, from Cal, fell short in the 100 (after winning it in the 2008 Trials), taking third in 1:06.53.
Incoming freshman Jasmine Tosky swam in her second and third semifinals Wednesday night. She earned her first spot in a final by finishing seventh in the 200m IM semis with a 2:13.87 after going 2:15.55 in prelims. In her other semifinals, Tosky finished 11th in the 200m free in 1:58.91, only 0.27 from earning a spot in that final. In prelims, she finished 12th in the event (1:59.68).
Rising junior Meghan Hawthorne, a finalist in the 400m IM on Monday, finished 11th in the 200m IM semis in 2:14.45, 0.43 out of the eighth and final spot for the final. In prelims, she was 12th (2:15.18).
Sophomore transfer Andrea Kropp swam in her second semifinal, taking 10th in the 200m IM (2:14.44), just ahead of Hawthorne. She was 10th in prelims (2:14.91).
Sophomore transfer Dakota Hodgson made a big statement by reaching the final of a packed 200m fly. Hodgson, sixth in prelims (1:58.51), nabbed the last finals spot, taking eighth in the semifinals in 1:48.45, with 0.30 to spare between he and ninth-place finisher Tom Shields of Cal.
The trials continue through Monday. Click here for results.