Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Dirk Koetter to Bucs: Take your complaints to someone who can help


    TAMPA — It was just another day of aching bellies at One Save Face.

    Dirk Koetter: “All of our issues are self-inflicted right now.”
  2. Bucs journal: Few complaints about Jameis Winston's play


    TAMPA — It wasn't enough to pull out a win Sunday at Buffalo, but a week removed from a shoulder sprain, Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston threw for 384 yards and three touchdowns against the NFL's No. 2 pass defense.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Brent Grimes (24) signs autographs for fans before an NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017.
  3. Lightning's Jon Cooper uses unusual tactic to create mismatches

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Tyler Johnson is about to swing his left leg over the boards for his next shift alongside linemate Alex Killorn and … who else?

    Stamkos? Kucherov? Point?

    Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper argues the called as his team gets a faceoff violation, leading to penalty and #Caps PP goal, during second period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Monday evening (10/09/17).DIRK SHADD   |   Times
  4. A buzz-worthy look at the Astros-Dodgers World Series matchup

    The Heater

    Houston Astros' Yuli Gurriel is congratulated by Jose Altuve after scoring during the fifth inning of Game 7 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) TXMG170
  5. Florida, FSU try to ignore death threats, angry fans


    GAINESVILLE — Frustration over uncharacteristically down seasons at Florida and Florida State has started to spill over from message boards and start crossing real-world lines.

    Fans watch the Florida Gators game against Texas A&M, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, in Gainesville, Fla. At the half, Florida was up 10 to 3.