June 30, 2012
OMAHA, Neb. --- Allison Schmitt's impressive performance in the United States Olympic Trials continued on Saturday with a third-place showing in the 100-meter freestyle at CenturyLink Center.
Schmitt, who earlier won the 200- and 400-meter freestyles, touched the wall in 54.30 seconds to finish just .15 off qualifying for a third individual event next month in London. Amada Weir, another former Lady Bulldog, came in fifth at 54.41 and all but secured a spot on a second Olympic team as a potential relay member.
Schmitt, a rising senior from Canton, Mich., fell shy in her attempt to become just the second swimmer in history (joining Shirley Babashoff from 1976) to win the 100-, 200- and 400-meter freestyle races in a single U.S. Olympic Trials.
Weir, a 2004 Olympian, swam for the Lady Bulldogs in 2005 and anchored four victorious relays at the NCAA Championships in helping Georgia win its fourth national title.
Also Saturday, in the men's 200-meter individual medley, incoming freshman Chase Kalisz placed fifth with a time of 1:59.87.
Signee Matt Ellis came in 14th in the semifinals of the men's 100-meter butterfly, posting a time of 53.26. During the prelims, former Bulldog Mark Dylla was 22nd in 54.02, ex-Bulldog Michael Arnold came in 52nd in 54.60, rising junior Doug Reynolds placed 68th in 54.91 and signee Ty Stewart finished 96th in 55.44.
In the men's 50-meter freestyle prelims, Arnold came in 17th in 22.70 and former Bulldog Kevin Frankenfeld was 78th in 23.33.
Rising sophomore Amber McDermott touched in 8:43.93 to place 19th in the women's 800-meter freestyle prelims.
In the women's 200-meter backstroke prelims, signee Hali Flickinger was 29th in 2:15.17, followed by rising senior Kelsey Gaid (34th, 2:15.55), former Lady Bulldog Morgan Scroggy (35th, 2:15.57), rising sophomore Nicole Vernon (43rd, 2:15.88), ex-Lady Bulldog Kristen Shickora (46th, 2:16.00) and rising sophomore Jordan Mattern (58th, 2:16.94).
The Trials will continue on Sunday with prelims and semifinals in the women's 50-meter freestyle, prelims in the men's 1,500-meter freestyle, and finals in the women's 200-meter backstroke, the men's 100-meter butterfly, the women's 800-meter freestyle and the men's 50-meter freestyle. Prelims will begin at 11 a.m. and the finals will take place at 7:45 p.m.
NBC and NBC Sports Network will have live and same-day video of heats and finals. NBCOlympics.com also will stream the finals live each night. Additional coverage can be found at usaswimming.org. The meet will conclude on Monday with finals in the women's 50-meter freestyle and the men's 1,500-meter freestyle.