Olympic Trials: Day 1



OMAHA, Neb. Thirty-five swimmers associated with the Virginia swimming team, including 25 current members, are competing in the 2008 USA Swimming Olympic Trials that began Sunday in Omaha, Neb.


In the men’s 400 free, Matt McLean finished in ninth place during the heat races, just missing the final, as the top eight advanced. McLean finished with a time of 3:52.12. Taylor Smith (18th, 3:54.82), John Snawerdt (43rd, 3:58.12) and Darren Anksoko (53rd, 4:00.82) also swam in the event.


Virginia alumni Fran Crippen and John Millen also competed in the 400 free. Crippen placed 10th in the event (3:52.64) while Millen was 45th (3:58.47).


In the men’s 100 breast, Ryan Hurley and PJ Sullivan both put up top 25 finishes. Hurley was 22nd with a mark of 1:02.77 and Sullivan was 25th with a time of 1:03.00.


In the men’s 400 IM, Pat Mellors earned a 20th-place finish (4:24.56) while Ian Vogt was 32nd (4:27.39). Former Cavalier Bo Greenwood also placed 35th with a time of 4:27.70.


In the women’s 400 IM, Claire Crippen was 49th overall (4:45.50) while Liz Shaw placed 60th (4:56.15). Newcomer Allysa Vavra was 53rd (4:54.91).


In the women’s 100 fly, Shaw was 59th, touching at 1:01.37, while Stephanie Glover placed 130th (1:03.71). 


Day two of the Olympic Trials continues Monday with the men’s 200 free and 200 back and the women’s 100 back, 100 breast and 400 free.


For more information on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, go online to the official event Web site at www.h2omaha.com