Kukors Keeps Rolling

July 3, 2008

Complete Results

OMAHA, Neb. - University of Washington sophomore Ariana Kukors continued to show why she's one of the top all-around swimmers in the country Thursday, advancing to her third final of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials at the Qwest Center, this time in the 200-meter breaststroke.

Kukors, who trains locally with King Aquatic Club, finished sixth in the 200-meter breaststroke semifinal to advance to the final on Friday where she'll shoot for her first Olympic berth. She's already posted two top-eight finishes this week, placing sixth in the 400-meter individual medley on Sunday and third in the 200 IM on Wednesday, missing an Olympic berth by .08 seconds.

On Thursday, Kukors finished eighth in the preliminaries in 2 minutes, 29.47 seconds to advance to the semifinals where she shaved more than two seconds off her time, finishing sixth in 2:27.26.

Kukors did not compete in the first event she was scheduled for Thursday - the 100-meter freestyle - instead choosing to concentrate her attention on the breaststroke, the leg of the 200 IM she swam best on Wednesday night to turn in a career-best performance in narrowly missing the Olympic squad.

The rest paid off as Kukors swam a personal best in the 200-breast preliminaries. She then blew that time out of the water in the semifinals to advance to her third final of the week. She's scheduled to compete in the 200-meter backstroke preliminaries Friday morning with UW teammate Erin Campbell after which she'll have another shot at a trip to Beijing in Friday night's 200-meter breaststroke final.

Kukors came into the trials ranked 11th in the nation in the 200-meter breaststroke with a qualifying time of 2:29.71 but has improved that time by well over two seconds at the trials.

SCHEDULE AND RESULTS (All Times Central)

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)

Finals
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)

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

Tuesday, July 1

Ariana Kukors - Women's 200-meter freestyle - 2:00.09 (17th, did not qualify)
Ariana Kukors - 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 - 52.23 (114th, did not qualify)

Finals
Women's 200 IM FINAL - Ariana Kukors - 2:10.40 (3rd, did not qualify)

Thursday, July 3

Ariana Kukors - Women's 100-meter freestyle - did not swim
Ariana Kukors - 200-meter breaststroke - 2:29.47 (8th, advances to semifinal)

Finals
Women's 200 BREAST semifinal - Ariana Kukors - 2:27.26 (6th, advances to final)

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)

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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