Trojans Eyeing 200m Breast Final At Trials|
June 30, 2012
USC great Rebecca Soni, already on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team in the 100m breast, will look to lock up her specialty in the 200m breast as she leads a host of Trojans heading into a big sixth night of the 2012 U.S. Swimming Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb., on Saturday (June 30).
Soni, a surprise second behind Breeja Larson in the 100m breast, is the top qualifier in tonight's 200m breast final after lowering the world's best time in the event to 2:21.45 in Friday's semifinals, more than two seconds ahead of the next fastest swimmer.
Swimming next to Soni, the defending Olympic champion in the 200m breast, will be USC sophomore transfer Andrea Kropp, who qualified for the final with the third fastest time (2:24.93) in the semifinals. That time was her second personal record in as many swims as she also lowered it in prelims.
Also in action Saturday night will be incoming freshman Maclin Davis, whose prelim effort of 53.14 in the 100m fly earned him a spot in the semifinals.
Earlier today, senior-to-be Haley Anderson, already on the Olympic team in the marathon (10K), qualified for the final of Sunday's 800m free final by taking sixth in the prelims in 8:33.53.
Rising senior Alex Lendrum just missed a spot in tonight's 200m back final, finishing ninth in Friday's semifinal in 1:59.85, less than two tenths of a second out of a top eight finish.
Graduated senior Tanya Krisman, who ended her Trojan career in March as a first-time All-American, put a stamp on a great season Friday night with a sixth place in the final of the 200m fly in 2:10.41.
Amanda Weir, who competed for USC briefly, is the top qualifier in Saturday's final of the 100m free.
The trials continue through Monday. Click here for results.