Kukors Falls Just Shy of Olympic Bid

July 2, 2008

Complete Results

OMAHA, Neb. - University of Washington sophomore Ariana Kukors finished third in the 200-meter individual medley final Wednesday night to fall just shy of her first Olympic berth in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials at the Qwest Center.

Kukors (Auburn, Wash.), who trains with King Aquatic Club, swam a time of 2 minutes, 10.40 seconds, a new career best. Her time was just .08 shy of second-place Natalie Coughlin, however, who finished in 2:10.32. Coughlin came into the race as the American record holder, but Katie Hoff won the race in 2:09.71 to establish a new American record.

Kukors had advanced to the finals by finishing second in Tuesday evening's semifinal with a then-career best time of 2:10.85. She continued to improve with a new personal best in the final, but it was not enough to get past the five-time Olympic medalist Coughlin and the 2004 Olympian Hoff.

The only other Husky in the pool Wednesday was senior Evan Bernier (Woodinville, Wash.), who finished 114th in 52.23 seconds in the 100-meter freestyle preliminaries.

Kukors is scheduled to swim three more races in the trials, including Thursday's 100-meter freestyle and 200-meter breaststroke and Friday's 200-meter backstroke.


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 - 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)

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

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)
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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