Kukors Posts Third Top-Six Finish

July 4, 2008


Complete Results

OMAHA, Neb. - University of Washington sophomore Ariana Kukors finished sixth in the 200-meter breaststroke finals Friday evening in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Swim Trials at the Qwest Center, her third top-eight finish of the trials.

While only the top two advanced to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Kukors continued a solid week in the pool, posting the second-best time of her career in the event, completing the race in 2 minutes, 28.55 seconds. Rebecca Soni won the race in 2:22.60 while Amanda Beard finished second in 2:25.13.

Kukors (Auburn, Wash.), who trains locally with King Aquatic Club, finished sixth on the first day of competition in the 400-meter individual medley and placed third in the 200-meter IM. She qualified for the 200-meter breaststroke semifinals Thursday with a time of 2:29.47 then advanced to the finals in a career-best time of 2:27.26.

Kukors did not compete in the first event she was scheduled for Friday - the 200-meter backstroke - but Husky teammate Erin Campbell (Chandler, Ariz.) did, finishing 62nd in 2:17.27.

Just one more Husky is scheduled to swim over the final two days of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, senior Lindsey Sharp (Lafayette, Calif.) who will compete in the 50-meter freestyle.

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 - Did not swim
Erin Campbell - Women's 200-meter backstroke - 2:17.27 (62nd, did not qualif)

Finals - 6:45 p.m.
Women's 200 BREAST FINAL - Ariana Kukors - 2:28.55 (6th, did not qualify)

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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