Aug. 9, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS --- Georgia swimmer Megan Romano has earned two gold medals thus far at the U.S. Open at the Indiana University Natatorium.
On Tuesday, Romano claimed the women’s 100-meter freestyle with a meet record time of 53.92. In July at the U.S. Olympic Trials, Romano went 54.72 to come in 10th. Jessica Hardy won the Trials and qualified for the Olympics with a time of 53.96, 4/100ths slower than Romano’s time on Tuesday.
“I wanted to do better than I did at Trials,” Romano said. “I wanted to come out and prove to people that I was faster than what I did at Trials. I swam out of emotion.”
Romano returned on Wednesday with a first-place effort in the women’s 200-meter backstroke, touching the wall in 2:09.08.
“It feels good because that was a best time,” Romano said. “I thought, ‘Let’s just go out here and do it.’ I wanted to see what I could do, so I just went for it.”
Romano is also entered in the 50- and 200-meter freestyle and the 100-meter backstroke in the U.S. Open, which runs through Saturday.
Rising senior Jana Mangimelli placed seventh in the women's 400-meter individual medley in 4:49.15, rising junior Melanie Margalis took seventh in the women's 200-meter breaststroke in 2:31.25, rising sophomore Nic Fink came in seventh in the men’s 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:14.15 and redshirt freshman Anival Rodriguez was 36th in the men’s 200-meter backstroke.