By Sharon Robb
June 30, 2016—More than halfway through the eight-day trials, the U.S. is putting together a team full of first-time Olympians.
On Thursday night, one more fresh face, Josh Prenot, was added to the U.S. team roster in individual events during the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in front of a sellout crowd at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.
The U.S. has as many as 18 first-timers in the individual and relay events.
“I see a lot of new faces,” said five-time Olympian Michael Phelps. “I don’t even know half of them. It’s exciting to have new faces, where people are really pumped to come up in the sport. That’s a good thing to see as I’m on my way out.”
South Florida Aquatic Club’s Kile Aukerman, competing in his third and final event of the Trials, was 78th in the 200-meter individual medley in
In Thursday night’s finals:
MEN’S 200-METER BREASTSTROKE:
Josh Prenot of Cal Aquatics overtook Kevin Cordes of Foxcatcher and broke the American and U.S. Open records to win in 2:07.17. Prenot, a first-time Olympian, caught Cordes in the final 20 meters. The 6-foot-6 Cordes out-touched Will Licon by 14/100ths of a second for second place in 2:08.00. Cordes was already qualified in the 100-meter breaststroke. “That swim came from hard work,” Prenot said. “I have been training for this all year. The hard work is paying off. It feels amazing. This is the happiest I have ever been.”
WOMEN’S 200-METER BUTTERFLY: Cammile Adams of SwimMAC, who bounced back from a disqualification scare in prelims, moved from seventh to first after the opening 100 meters and went on to win in 2:06.80. Hali Flickinger of Athens Bulldogs, 25th four years ago at Trials, was second in
2:07.50. Sixteen-year-old Cassidy Bayer was third in
MEN’S 100-METER FREESTYLE:
Defending Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian of Cal Aquatics held off his young challengers to win in 47.72, second fastest time in the world this year. Bolles alum Caeleb Dressel was second in 48.23 to become a first-time Olympian. “Heading back to the Olympics means everything to me,” Adrian said. “We put in four years of really hard work. The jitters are over. We punched our ticket. These young guys showed how people have underestimated how good American sprinting is.” Said Dressel, “There wasn’t any pressure, I just went out there and had fun. The most comfortable I am is behind those blocks. I train for huge closing speed and that’s what gets it done so I am very happy.”
In the semifinals, Bolles alum Ryan Murphy of Cal Aquatics earned the top seed in the 200-meter backstroke in 1:55.04, fifth fastest time in the world this year. Cal teammate Jacob Pebley was second in 1:55.18. 2012 Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary won the first semifinal in 1:55.92. In the women’s 100-meter freestyle, American short course record holder Abbey Weitzeil earned the top seed in 53.58. Simone Manuel won the first semifinal in 53.64. Michael Phelps won the first semifinal in the 200-meter individual medley in 1:57.61. Ryan Lochte earned the top seed in the second semifinal in 1:56.71. Teenager Michael Andrew tied the junior world record in 1:59.44 to finish sixth and qualify for finals.
Friday’s events are: men’s 50-meter freestyle prelims and semifinals; women’s 800-meter freestyle; men’s 100-meter butterfly prelims and semifinals; women’s 200-meter backstroke prelims and semifinals; women’s 200-meter breaststroke final; men’s 200-meter backstroke final; men’s 200-meter individual medley final; and women’s 100-meter freestyle final.
NBC is broadcasting finals every night at 8 p.m. EST. USA swimming is live streaming prelims and finals at usaswimming.org.
THURSDAY FINAL RESULTS
200-meter butterfly: 1. Cammile Adams, SwimMAC 2:06.80, 2. Hali Flickinger, Athens Bulldogs 2:07.50, 3. Cassidy Bayer, NCA 2:08.68; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 66. Claire Donahue, SOFLO 2:17.12, 90. Kyla Valls, Miami Swimming 2:20.45.
200-meter breaststroke: 1. Josh Prenot, Cal Aquatics 2:07.17, AR, 2. Kevin Cordes, Foxcatcher 2:08.00, 3. Will Licon, Texas 2:08.14; FLORIDA GOLD COAST: 11. Alex Evdokimov, Coral Springs Swim Club 2:14.00, 37. Kile Aukerman, SOFLO 2:17.52.
100-meter freestyle: 1. Nathan Adrian, Cal Aquatics 47.72, 2. Caeleb Dressel, Bolles 48.23, 3. Ryan Held, NCS 48.26, 4. Anthony Ervin, Unattached 48.54.
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