Schmitt Takes Silver, Sets American Record In 400 Free
Sarah Poewe placed 11th in the 100-meter breaststroke on Sunday.

July 29, 2012

LONDON --- Allison Schmitt of Georgia earned a silver medal and set the American record in the women's 400-meter freestyle on Sunday at the Olympics.

Schmitt, a rising senior from Canton, Mich., placed second with a time of 4:01.77. France's Camille Muffat led the entire race and stopped the clock in an Olympic-record 4:01.45, nipping Schmitt by less than half a stroke in the Olympic Aquatics Centre.

Schmitt's effort eclipsed the American record of 4:02.20 set by Katie Hoff in 2008.

“The goal is always a gold medal, but I couldn’t be happier right now,” Schmitt said. “I’m proud to bring home the silver medal for the U.S., and I’m looking forward to competing again (Monday in the 200 freestyle)."

In two days of competition at the London Games, Schmitt has two American records and two medals. On Saturday, she anchored the second-place 4x100-meter freestyle relay that lowered the American mark.

Incoming freshman Brittany MacLean of Canada placed seventh in the 400-meter freestyle with a time of 4:06.24. During the prelims, former Lady Bulldog Wendy Trott of South Africa came in 22nd in 4:11.63.

In the women's 100-meter breaststroke, former Lady Bulldog Sarah Poewe of Germany finished 11th with a time of 1:07.68.

Incoming freshman Matias Koski of Finland placed 31st in the men's 200-meter freestyle, stopping the clock in 1:49.84.



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