June 29, 2012
Senior Haley Spencer and former Minnesota swimmer Keri Hehn both advanced to the 200-meter breaststroke semifinals of the U.S. Olympic Trials Friday at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., to lead a group of six current and former Gophers that competed on the fifth day of the event.
Spencer finished sixth overall in the 200-meter breaststroke with a program-long-course-meter-record time of 2:27.90. Spencer's former teammate, Jillian Tyler, who has already earned a spot on the Canada Olympic Team, held the previous program record of 2:29.06 since 2009.
Hehn clocked a time of 2:29.97 in the preliminaries to finish 13th overall and advance to the semifinals, which will get underway tonight beginning at 7:00 p.m. live on NBC.
Four Gophers competed in the 100-meter freestyle, with junior Erin Caflisch pacing the quartet with a time of 57.24 to finish 78th overall. Fellow junior Tess Behrens finished 85th overall with a time of 57.32, while sophomore Tori Simenec posted a time of 57.65 to place 103rd overall. Sophomore Blake Zeiger rounded out the field of Gophers by finishing 125th overall with a time of 58.42.
Tomorrow morning's preliminary schedule includes the 800-meter freestyle and 200-meter backstroke, while the evening will include semifinals of the 200-meter backstroke, as well as the finals of the 200-meter breaststroke and 100-meter freestyle.
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