Van Swol, Richards Advance to Semifinals at Olympic Trials
June 30, 2012
Minnesota junior Kyler Van Swol and former swimmer Michael Richards earned spots in the semifinals of the 100-meter butterfly and 50-meter freestyle, respectively, Saturday morning at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.
Van Swol advanced to the semifinals of the 100-meter butterfly after clocking a time of 52.77 in the preliminaries, which placed him eighth overall, while Richards earned a spot in the semifinals of the 50-meter freestyle by finishing 15th overall with a time of 22.66.
The semifinals of both events will be broadcast live on NBC tonight beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Three additional Gophers joined Richards in the preliminaries of the 50-meter freestyle, including junior Derek Toomey, who finished in a three-way tie for 36th overall with a time of 23.01. Former swimmer Colin Lee-To finished tied for 106th on the day after posting a time of 23.55, and recent graduate Zach Bolin finished in 24.39 to place 166th overall.
Tomorrow morning's preliminary schedule includes the 1,500-meter freestyle, while the evening will include finals for the 100-meter butterfly and the 50-meter freestyle.