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August 14, 2008 10:44 AM

Finishing kick nears for Puget Sound swimmers

Posted by Ron Judd

Lost in the (much-deserved) media prop wash of Michael Phelps' historic medal quest has been the performance of Puget Sound swimmers in Beijing. To date:

-- Nathan Adrian, 19, of Bremerton, earned a gold medal by qualifying the U.S. men's 400 freestyle relay team for the final that resulted in the historic finish by Jason Lezak, nipping the French.

-- Similarly, freestyler Emily Silver of Bainbridge/Cal qualified the U.S. women's relay team for what would become its silver-medal-winning final.

-- KIng Aquatic swimmer and recent Seattle transplant Margaret Hoelzer won bronze in the women's 100 backstroke.

-- Tacoma's Megan Jendrick finished out of the medals by 0.3 seconds in the women's 100 breaststroke, which she won in Sydney in 2000.

But some swims are still to come:

-- Hoelzer swims the semifinals of the 200 backstroke, for which she holds the world record at 2:06.09, Friday morning in Beijing, or tonight, Seattle time. Her former college roommate, Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe, who swept the women's IM medals in Beijing this week -- will swim in the same preliminary heat. The final is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Seattle time.

-- Jendrick is likely to swim a prelims breaststroke leg of the 400 medley relay for the U.S., which holds the world record in the event and is a perennial medalist. The heats are at 5:30 a.m. local time tomorrow; the final is at 7:40 p.m. Saturday, local time.

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