Vandenberg Qualifes for 200 Freestyle Final At U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials

July 1, 2008

Bruin alum and volunteer swim coach Kim Vandenberg is on the verge of making her first Olympic team as she qualified for the 200 freestyle final on Tuesday at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, NE. Up to six swimmers in the 200 free can be named to the Olympic team and Vandenberg is in good position after posting the fifth-fastest time in the semifinal round (1:58.55).

She started the day with the seventh-fastest time in the prelim rounds (1:59.41), then dropped nearly a second off that time to finish fifth in the semifinal (1:58.55). She will swim in the final on Wednesday. Vandenberg will also be competing in her signature event, the 200 butterfly, on Wednesday with the prelim and semifinal rounds on the schedule.

Another member of Team Bruin, Amanda Beard, finished sixth in the 100 breaststroke final in a time of 1:08.80. Beard also competed in the 200 IM on Tuesday and posted the sixth-fastest time in the prelims (2:13.99) and then swam 2:13.94 to place 10th overall in the semifinal.

Three current Bruins were also in action in the pool on Tuesday as Emily Bibb was 60th in the 200 free (2:03.04), Sam Vanden Berge was 99th in the 200 free and Lauren Hall was 60th in the 200 IM (2:19.56).

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