Olympic swimming trials update: Spencer misses Olympic team

by Megan Ryan

Gophers senior Haley Spencer missed out on the Olympic team at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Neb., on Saturday.

Spencer placed seventh in the final of the 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:27.82. She needed to touch the wall in first or second place to travel to London. The senior's Olympic trials are over after she was eliminated in the 100 breaststroke semifinal earlier in the week.

Junior Kyler Van Swol competed in the semifinal of the 100 butterfly after finishing eighth in preliminaries. Van Swol placed fourth in his semifinal heat and ninth overall at 52.74. He narrowly missed advancing with the top-eight swimmers.

Recent graduate Ashley Steenvoorden barely missed the cutoff for the 800 freestyle final. She clocked in at 8:39.52, which was good for 14th place. She needed a top-eight finish to advance. Steenvoorden has also now concluded her Olympic trials run.

Kiera Janzen followed behind Steenvoorden in 21st place at 8:44.69. Former Minnesota swimmer Christine Jennings placed 40th with a time of 8:56.32. Lissa Tommerdahl took 60th at 9:06.04.

Another men's team junior, Derek Toomey, earned the Gophers' best result in the 50 freestyle. He tied for 36th at 23.01. Future freshman Ryan Miksch placed 160th at 24.09. Recent graduate Zach Bolin rounded out the trio in 166th place with a time of 24.39.

Two Gophers swimmers participated in the 200 backstroke. Tess Behrens tied for 72nd place at 2:17.48, and Katie Anton tied for 106th with a time of 2:18.56.