A number of swimmers with Tampa Bay area and state university ties were in action at Friday's morning session at the U.S. Olympic trials in Omaha, Neb. Here's how they fared:
— In the 100-meter free prelims, St. Petersburg's Megan Romano, a Northeast High graduate now at Georgia, finished eighth and moved on to tonight's semifinal. Also competing were Florida's Jamie Bohunicky (42nd), FSU's Tiffany Oliver (54th), Kaitlin Frehling, a current Gator and Seminole high graduate (75th), Tampa Prep grad Chelsea Nauta (102nd) and former Seminole, Chelsea Hendry (107th).
—Gator alum Ryan Lochte advanced, finishing first in the 200-meter backstroke prelims in 1:57.24. Also qualifying in the event were Alex Katz from Tarpon Springs (11th) at 2:00.66 and FSU's Joshua Friedel at 2:00.99
— Melanie Margalis of Clearwater came in 26th in the Women's 200-meter backstroke prelims and did not advance.
Locals in events tonight
Women's 100 Free (semifinal): Romano, St. Petersburg
Men's 200 Back (semifinal): Lochte, UF; Katz, Tarpon Springs; Friedel, FSU
Men's 200m Breast (final): Matt Elliott, UF
Women's 200m Fly (final): Teresa Crippen, formerly of UF