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Locals make waves at Wednesday's U.S. Olympic swimming trials

A number of swimmers with Tampa Bay area and state university ties were in action at Wednesday's U.S. Olympic trials in Omaha, Neb.

— St. Petersburg's Megan Romano, a Northeast High graduate now at Georgia, was eighth and last in the women's 100-meter backstroke final, 2.17 seconds behind winner Missy Franklin, 17, who won in an American-record 58.85 seconds.

Romano made the final of the 200 freestyle with the fourth-fastest qualifying time out of the semifinals, 1 minute, 57.99 seconds. Allison Schmitt, who previously qualified for the Olympics in the 400 free, was the top qualifier in 1:55.59. The final is Thursday.

— Former Gator Ryan Lochte finished second to friend and rival Michael Phelps in the 200 freestyle final by five-hundredths of a second to get one of the two spots in that event at London this summer. Phelps, the defending Olympic champion, won in 1:45.70. The Gators' Conor Dwyer finished fourth.

— Clearwater native Robert Margalis did not advance to the final of the 200 butterfly, finishing last in his semifinal.

— Florida's Elizabeth Beisel qualified for Thursday's 200 individual medley final with the third-fastest time in the semifinals, 2:12.27. She also qualified for the 200 free semifinals but did not swim in them.

— Tampa's Chelsea Nauta, a Tampa Prep graduate, did not advance out of the 200 freestyle heats.

— Countryside grad Melanie Margalis, now at Georgia, was disqualified in the 200 individual medley heats.

—Florida State's Elizabeth Pepper didn't advance out of the heats in the 200 freestyle.

—FSU's Josh Friedel did not advance out of the men's 100 backstroke heats.

—Incoming FSU freshman Sami Pochowski didn't advance out of women's 100 breaststroke heats.

The Games begin July 27.

Locals make waves at Wednesday's U.S. Olympic swimming trials 06/27/12 [Last modified: Thursday, June 28, 2012 12:10am]
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