Future of Kansas Swimming on Display at Olympic Trials
June 29, 2012
|Incoming Kansas freshman Chelsie Miller swims in the second heat of the 200 breaststroke during preliminaries onthe fifth day of the US Olympic Trials. She finished with a time of 2:43.24 and in 111th place overall.|
OMAHA, Neb. – Incoming KU freshmen Haley Molden and Chelsie Miller each competed in one event during preliminaries on the fifth day of the 2012 US Swimming Olympic Trials. The pair will be swimming for Kansas and head coach Clark Campbell in the fall, but toed the blocks for their respective swim club teams Friday morning.
Molden, a Topeka, Kan. native got in the pool for her first ever Olympic Trials swim during preliminaries of the 100 free. The Washburn Rural graduate swam in the sixth heat and finished with a time of 57.68, which was less than a second off of her 56.94 mark she earned at Junior Nationals earlier this year. She finished in 105th place overall out of 133 competitors, swimming for Paul Monroe of the Topeka Swim Association.
Molden came to Olympic Trials with a lot of momentum, having set two state records and winning four gold medals at the 2012 Kansas Class 6A State Swimming Championship this past May.
Miller was the second and final swimmer with Kansas ties to hit the waters on Friday as she competed in the 200 meter breaststroke. The Houston, Texas native was in the second heat out of 13 and finished with a time of 2:43.24, which put her in 111th place overall.
Miller is in Omaha suiting up for the Cypress-Fairbanks Swim Club for former KU assistant Clayton Cagle. She led all former, current or future Kansas swimmers with her trio of Olympic Trial cuts.
Both Molden and Miller will not be swimming past their preliminary heats, meaning their first Olympic Trials experience is now in the books.
Saturday wraps up the final day of competition for Kansas swimmers as junior Brooke Brull will compete in the 200 back. Brull has already swam in one event during trials as she finished with a 2:21.25 time in the 200 IM during preliminaries on Wednesday.
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