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July 4, 2008 5:10 PM

Bainbridge swimmer Emily Silver qualifies for Beijing

Posted by Ron Judd

Women's 100 free
Bainbridge swimmer Emily Silver swam herself onto the Beijing Olympic team with a fifth-place finish in the 100 freestyle final won by 41-year-old Dara Torres at 53.78. In second was Natalie Coughlin at 53.83. Silver, who trains with Coughlin at Cal, swam 54.91 to claim her first Olympic berth (the top six qualify for the Olympics). Silver likely will swim the 400 freestyle relay in Beijing.

Men's 200 IM final
Ho-hum, another race and another WR for Michael Phelps, who dropped .18 off his previous mark, swimming 1:54.80 and holding off a hard-charging Ryan Lochte, who took second at 1:55.22. The world will have a hard time catching up with these two in Beijing.

Women's 200 back semis
Margaret Hoelzer of King Aquatic is well-poised to qualify for a second event in the 200 backstroke. She swam the third-fastest semifinal time tonight, 2;09.04, looking very relaxed. Fastest two times: 15-year-old Elizabeth Beisel at 2:07.28 and Hayley McGregory, seeking to come back after a tough third-place finish in the 100, at 2:08.28. Finals tomorrow.

Men's 200 back final
A close race was expected between Aaron Piersol and Ryan Lochte. Couldn't get much closer. Piersol out-touched Lochte at the finish to regain a tie for the world record Lochte took from him -- 1:54.32. Lochte clocked in at 1:54.34.

Women's 200 breast final
Good thing Puyallup's Megan Jendrick qualified for Beijing in the 100. She was in the race for the 200 breaststroke tonight -- but only sort of. The start-to-finish leader, Rebecca Soni, left the field in the dust, swimming 2:22.60. Amanda Beard touched second; Jendrick was a distant fifth, swimming 2:27.85. UW swimmer Ariana Kukors was sixth at 2:28.55.

Beard, who first swam in the Atlanta Games as a 15-year-old, qualified for her fourth Olympics.

Men's 50 free semis
Nathan Adrian of Bremerton hung with the pack in the semis, swimming to the seventh-fastest time, 22.03. Leading the pack into tomorrow night's final: Ben Wildman-Tobriner, 21.65, Cullen Jones, 21.71, Garrett Weber-Gale, 21.83, Gary Hall Jr., 21.94, and Nick Brunelli, 21.99. Finals are tomorrow night.

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