WEST AUCKLAND, New Zealand, October 30. OLYMPIC gold medalist Rhi Jeffrey, who is on the comeback trail this year, has punched her ticket to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, according to her coach David Wright of West Auckland Aquatics.
Jeffrey clocked a time of 57.17 in the women's 100-meter freestyle at the Level One Meet held by West Auckland. That effort clipped the 57.19 Trials cuts. Meanwhile, Jeffrey posted 2:04.67 in the 200-meter freestyle.
The outspoken Jeffrey earned an Olympic gold medal as a preliminary swimmer on the U.S. squad that won the 800 freestyle relay at the 2004 Athens Games.
She most recently made news this summer when her relationship with Justin Wright, 17 at the time and now 18, caused some drama in New Zealand. Wright wound up having to sue to remain a part of Swimming New Zealand after his parents withdrew their consent to try to stop the relationship.