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July 3, 2008 4:52 PM

Thursday Swim Trials Updates: Bremerton's Nathan Adrian qualifies

Posted by Ron Judd

Update 6
Women's 200 breast semifinal
Puyallup's Megan Jendrick, already an Olympian in the 100, swims to second place in the first semifinal heat, posting a time of 2:26.94. UW swimmer Ariana Kukors is fourth. In the second semi, top seed Rebecca Soni swims 2:23.05, a lifetime best. Amanda Beard is second at 2:25.43. Both Jendrick and Kukors advance to tomorrow night's final. Bremerton's Tara Kirk, who finished a crushing .01 out of the running in the 100, swam the 200, but ranked 33rd.

Also: Speculation from the commentators tonight that Natalie Coughlin, who finished second in the 200 IM race last night, might scratch from that arduous event for Beijing. If so, Kukors, who finished a close third, would qualify for that event.

Update 5
Men's 100 free final
Garrett Weber-Gale wins at 47.92, with Jason Lezak, the number one qualifier, second at 48.05. Bremerton's Nathan Adrian, who barely got into this final (see below) finishes fourth, at 48.46, putting him on the Olympic team as a relay swimmer. (The top six go to the Olympics.) Adrian was the only teenager in the field. He also could qualify in the 50 meters as an individual swimmer.

Update 4
Women's 200 fly final
Elaine Breeden, who already qualified in the 100 fly, wins at 2:06.75. Kathleen Hersey is second at 2:07.33.

Update 3
Men's 200 back semis
First semi: Ryan Lochte looks strong, cruising in at 1:56.52. Can he beat Aaron Piersol in tomorrow's final? Nick Thoman is second at 1:58.57. Second semi: Piersol also cruises, swimming 1:55.78. Tyler Clary is a distant second. Piersol and Lochte go into the final 1-2.

Update 2:
Women's 100m freestyle semifinals:
Emily Silver of Bainbridge swims 54.71, for fourth position in the first of two semis. In second semifinal, American record holder Natalie Coughlin wins at 53.66, followed closely by Dara Torres, 41, who swam a lifetime best 53.76. Emily Silver ranks seventh overall, advances to the final. She'll have a chance to make the Olympic team if she can beat a swimmer or two in the final tomorrow night.

Update 1:
Men's 200 breaststroke final:
Huge upset. Brendan Hansen not only fails to reclaim his world record (see below), he fails to qualify. Scott Spann and Eric Shanteau finish 1-2, Hansen gets fourth. Spann and Shanteau will be first-time Olympians.

Watch this space for sort-of-live swim trials updates. The evening session begins at 5 p.m. PT. Of local interest:

-- Bremerton's Nathan Adrian swims the 100 free final. It's a fluke he's there. Adrian was tied for 9th place (top 8 advance) yesterday when a gift arrived: Ryan Lochte scratched from the event. Adrian won a swim-off by a thin margin to advance. Tonight, he must beat two swimmers to grab a likely Olympic spot. The top six swimmers usually go, to fill relay slots, etc. Adrian is also a threat in the 50 meter free.

-- Local swimmers Megan (Quann) Jendrick, who already qualified by finishing second in the 100 breaststroke, and U-Dub swimmer Ariana Kukors swim the semifinals for the 200 breaststroke -- in the same (first) heat. Event leaders through the prelims are Rebecca Soni and Amanda Beard, who will match up in the second heat.

Of non-local interest:

-- Bet on breaststroker Brendan Hansen to be looking to reclaim his world record from hated rival, Kosuke Kitajima of Japan, in the 200m final. Time in question: 2:07.51.

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