June 26, 2012
Former Minnesota swimmer David Plummer advanced to the finals of the 100-meter backstroke to pace the Gophers' efforts on the second day of the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials Tuesday at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb. Along with Plummer, four additional former Gopher men competed on day two of the eight-day Trials.
Plummer, who was a 14-time All-American at Minnesota from 2005-08, placed second in the semifinals with a time of 53.24, just 0.14 seconds behind the first-place finisher. The finals of the 100-meter backstroke will take place Wednesday night live on NBC beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Earlier in the day, Plummer finished eighth overall in the 100-meter backstroke preliminaries with a time of 54.38 to earn a spot in Tuesday night's semifinals.
Also competing in the 100-meter backstroke preliminaries was Plummer's former teammate, Russ Payne, who finished tied for 91st overall with a time of 57.96.
Former Minnesota swimmer Alex Wold was impressive once again on the second day of the Trials, leading a trio of Gophers with a time of 1:50.60 to post a 31st-place finish in the 200-meter freestyle, just a day after placing ninth overall in the 400-meter individual medley.
Recent graduates Mike Vernoia and Matt Papenfuss joined Wold in the preliminaries of the 200-meter freestyle, with Vernoia finishing tied for 68th with a time of 1:52.19 and Papenfuss finishing 123rd with a time of 1:55.90.
Tomorrow morning's preliminary schedule includes the 200-meter butterfly, while the evening will include the semifinal of the event and finals of the 200-meter freestyle and the 100-meter backstroke.