Kukors Advances to 200 IM Final

July 1, 2008

OMAHA, Neb. - University of Washington sophomore Ariana Kukors advanced to the 200-meter individual medley final Tuesday at the 2008 U.S. Olympic swimming trials, posting the second-fastest time in the 16-person field.

Kukors, who trains locally with King Aquatic Club, swam her semifinal heat in 2 minutes, 10.85 seconds to finish second behind 400 IM world-record holder Katie Hoff to earn one of eight berths in Wednesday's 200 IM final. The top two in Wednesday's race will earn a spot in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The Husky phenom advanced to the semifinals Tuesday morning by finishing fifth in the preliminaries in 2:12.38. She then bested that time by more than a full second to finish second in the semifinal. Kukors came into the trials ranked fourth nationally in the 200 IM with a qualifying time of 2:11.68.

Wednesday's finals appearance will mark Kukors' second top-eight finish of the trials thus far. She finished sixth in Sunday's 400-meter IM. Earlier Tuesday, Kukors just missed a spot in the 200-meter freestyle semifinals, finishing 17th in 2:00.09, just .11 shy of the semifinals as the top 16 advanced.

Also competing Tuesday was incoming UW freshman Danielle Gong who also competed in the 200 IM. Gong finished 93rd in 2:22.13.

Kukors will compete in the finals Wednesday evening at 6:45 p.m. CT looking for her first Olympic berth. Evan Bernier will represent the Husky men's squad Wednesday morning in the preliminaries of the 100-meter freestyle at 11 a.m. CT.


Sunday, June 29

Erin Campbell - Women's 100-meter butterfly preliminaries - 1:01.12 (54th, did not qualify)
Scott Spansail - Men's 400-meter freestyle preliminaries - 3:54.37 (14th, did not qualify)
Ariana Kukors - Women's 400-meter individual medley preliminaries - 4:40.36 (5th, advances to finals)
Russ Mahan - Men's 100-meter breaststroke preliminaries - 1:03.85 (41st, did not qualify)

Women's 400 IM - Ariana Kukors - 4:42.12 (6th, did not qualify)

Monday, June 30

Erin Campbell - Women's 100-meter backstroke - 1:06.11 (106th, did not qualify)
Ariana Kukors - Women's 100-meter breaststroke - 1:09.75 (16th, advances to semifinals)
Genevieve Patterson - Women's 100-meter breaststroke - 1:11.90 (54th, did not qualify)
Jon Banker - Men's 100-meter backstroke - 57.21 (49th, did not qualify)

Women's 100 BREAST semifinal - Ariana Kukors - 1:09.58 (14th, did not qualify)

Tuesday, July 1

Ariana Kukors - Women's 200-meter freestyle, 200-meter individual medley - 2:12.38 (5th, advances to semifinals)
Danielle Gong - Women's 200-meter individual medley - 2:22.13 (93rd, did not qualify)

Finals - 6:45 p.m.
Women's 200 FREE semifinal - Ariana Kukors - 2:10.85 (2nd, advances to final)

Wednesday, July 2

Evan Bernier - Men's 100-meter freestyle prelims, 11 a.m.

Finals - 6:45 p.m.
Men's 100 FREE semifinal (Bernier)
Women's 200 IM FINAL (Kukors)

Thursday, July 3

Ariana Kukors - Women's 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter breaststroke prelims, 11 a.m.

Finals - 6:45
Women's 100 FREE semifinal (Kukors)
Men's 100 FREE FINAL (Bernier)
Women's 200 BREAST semifinal (Kukors)

Friday, July 4

Ariana Kukors - Women's 200-meter backstroke prelims, 11 a.m.
Erin Campbell - Women's 200-meter backstroke prelims, 11 a.m.

Finals - 6:45 p.m.
Women's 200 BREAST FINAL (Kukors)
Women's 200 BACK semifinal (Kukors, Campbell)
Women's 100 FREE FINAL (Kukors)

Saturday, July 5

Lindsey Sharp - Women's 50-meter freestyle prelims, 11 a.m.


Finals - 6:45 p.m.
Women's 200 BACK FINAL (Kukors, Campbell)
Women's 50 FREE semifinal (Sharp)

Sunday, July 6

Finals - 6:45 p.m.
Women's 50 FREE FINAL (Sharp)

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