July 30, 2012
LONDON --- Georgia swimmer Allison Schmitt qualified for the finals of the women’s 200-meter freestyle on Monday at the Olympics.
Schmitt, a rising senior from Canton, Mich., posted a time of 1:57.33 in the prelims Monday morning. Later on Monday, Schmitt went 1:56.15 in the semifinals to advance to the finals, which will be held on Tuesday at 2:41 p.m. Schmitt will be seeded second in the finals behind Australia’s Bronte Barratt (1:56.08).
Schmitt owns the American record in the 200-meter freestyle. She went 1:54.40 during the United States Olympic Trials last month in Nebraska. She also held the previous mark of 1:54.96.
Schmitt already has two medals and two Americans records at the London Games. She came in third on the 4x100-meter relay on Sunday and placed second in the 400-meter freestyle on Sunday. Schmitt now has three Olympic medals, including a bronze from the 2008 Games. Former Lady Bulldog Kara Lynn Joyce earned four medals at the 2004 and 2008 Games, the highest figure for the Georgia contingent. Schmitt also is expected to swim on the heavily favored 4x200-meter freestyle relay on Wednesday.
Also Monday, in the men’s 200-meter butterfly, incoming freshman Yousef Alaskari of Kuwait placed 31st with a time of 2:05.41.