June 29, 2012
Minnesota senior Haley Spencer advanced to the 200-meter breaststroke finals of the U.S. Olympic Trials at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., after placing eighth overall in the semifinals of the event Friday night with a program long course meter record time of 2:27.21.
Former Minnesota swimmer Keri Hehn also made an appearance in the semifinal, but missed a shot at the finals after finishing the event with a time of 2:30.07, which was good for 13th place overall.
The finals will take place Saturday night and will be broadcast live on NBC beginning at 7:00 p.m. Spencer is the second Gopher to appear in the finals of an event at the Trials, with former swimmer David Plummer finishing just shy of an Olympic bid with a third-place showing the 100-meter backstroke finals.
Earlier in the day, Spencer finished sixth overall in the preliminaries of the 200-meter breaststroke with a then-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.
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.
Zeiger Breaks 400 IM in Winter Nationals Win
The Gophers took part in two separate meets on Friday, with the Jean K. Freeman Invite starting in Minneapolis.
Gophers Win Third Relay of Winter Nationals
Minnesota is 3-for-3 on relay gold in the first two days of the meet in Atlanta.
Gophers Win Two Relays at Winter Nationals
Minnesota's women started the meet in Atlanta by winning both relays of the Wednesday evening session.