University of Minnesota breaststroker Jillian Tyler competed in her first Olympic event of her career today, at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Tyler, who is competing with Team Canada placed 10th overall. With her finish, she advanced to the semifinals, which will be held on Monday night.
Tyler clocked a personal-best time of 1:08.13 to lead the Canadians in the event. She finished 10th, while fellow Canadian Annamay Pierse held a 13th-place finish and a time of 1:08.25. Winning the event was Leisel Jones with an Olympic-record time of 1:05.64 while Russia's Yuliya Efimova finished second in 1:06.08. Following the top two swimmers in the event was Austria's Mirna Jukic (1:07.06) in third, USA's Rebecca Soni (1:07.44) in fourth, South Africa's Suzaan van Biljon (1:07.55) in fifth, China's Sun Ye (1:07.81) in sixth, Australia's Tarnee White (1:07.83) in seventh and Sweden's Joline Hostman (1:07.91) in eighth. Along with Tyler and Pierse, Megan Jendrick (1:08.07), Great Britain's Kate Haywood (1:08.18), China's Chen Huijia (1:08.24), Britain's Kirsty Balfour (1:08.30), Japan's Asami Kitagawa (1:08.36) and Belgium's Elise Matthysen (1:08.37) all qualified for tomorrow's semifinals.