University of Minnesota freestyler Christine Jennings and former Gophers Keri Hehn and Roxane Akradi led Minnesota in the second day of the United States Olympic Swimming Trials, today in Omaha, Neb., at the Qwest Center.
Jennings placed 12th overall in the 400-meter freestyle event. Jennings held a time of 4:13.62, which placed her right behind 2004 Olympian and former Big Ten athlete Carly Piper in the event. Hehn competed in tonight's 100 breaststroke semfinals where she placed 11th overall in a time of 1:08.97. In her morning session, Hehn finished 10th overall with a time of 1:09.14, only to better it in the night session. Akradi narrowly competed in the night session of the 100 back, but missed the semifinals by .04. She clocked a time of 1:02.35, as did Presley Bard, as the two had to finish the morning session with a swim-off for the alternate spot. Akradi touched the wall in a time of 1:02.15, but Bard won the swim-off in a time of 1:02.04.
Castina Wabeke finished 79th overall in the 100 backstroke when she chipped in a time of 1:04.12. Kimberly Kazika held a time of 1:13.74 to finish 94th overall.
Action continues tomorrow at the Qwest Center as the 200 free and the 200 individual medley will be contested. Jennings and Jenny Shaughnessy will both compete in the 200 freestyle, while Kait Strickland will compete in the 200 IM.