PHOENIX, Arizona, June 21. THREE more swimmers were added to the British Olympic roster today at the summer nationals, which is serving as a second-chance meet for those unable to secure Olympic spots at the March Trials.
Ieuan Lloyd got some redemption today in the 200 free final, taking the one available Olympic roster spot in a time of 1:47.55, just under the FINA A standard, after missing out on the 400 free yesterday. Carry, who won the 400 free yesterday and qualified for the Olympics, was second in the 200 with a 1:47.86, just a few hundredths slower than the FINA A cut.
Molly Renshaw just missed making the Olympic team in the 200 breast with her 2:27.72 today. The FINA A cut is 2:26.89. Antony James also just fell short of qualifying in the 100 fly, missing the cut by just one tenth of a second with a 52.46.
With both spots up for grabs in the men's 200 backstroke, the top two finishers needed to get under 1:58.48 to qualify for the Olympics, and Chris Walker-Hebborn and Marco Loughran did just that. Walker-Hebborn won with a 1:57.17, the ninth-fastest time in the world. Loughran, who trains at the University of Florida, just made the cut with a 1:58.34.
Swimming Australia announced today that Jarrod Poort would be going to the Olympics in the 1500 freestyle, despite not reaching the FINA A qualifying time in the event at the March Olympic Trials. Poort, just 17 years old, won the mile in 15:13.38, about two seconds off the automatic standard, but FINA has been filling the Olympic quota of 700 athletes this week, and it appears Poort's time was good enough to get him in the mile, where he is ranked 28th in the world.
Back here in the States, qualifying rounds at the USA Diving Olympic Trials continued with Kristian Ipsen dominating the men's three-meter prelims and semifinals. He's got almost 40 points on Troy Dumais, his synchro diving partner, going into Sunday's final. Chris Colwill is right in the thick of it as well, just four points behind Dumais, who will be looking to make his fourth Olympic Games appearance in this event.
Brittany Viola has a 30-point lead in the women's platform diving competition. Viola just missed making the Olympic team in 2004 and 2008.
Diving finals start tomorrow with synchro events. Only one duo makes the Olympic team, while the top two in individual events will be going to London.