Mefford Advances To U.S. Trials Wave II
OMAHA, Neb. – California sophomore Colby Mefford earned a spot in Wave II of the 2021 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials with a second-place finish in the Wave I 200-meter butterfly A final Friday night at the CHI Health Center.
Mefford was one of just two swimmers to swim a sub-2:00-minute in the event, touching the wall in 1:59.63. He entered the finals as the fifth seed after swimming 2:00.15 in morning prelims. As one of the top-two finishers in the 200m fly A final, Mefford will advance to the Wave II Trials on June 13-20.
Two other Golden Bears swam during the first day of Wave I in Omaha, including freshman Matthew Jensen, who placed 11th in the 100m freestyle with the third-fastest time in the B final (50.58). Jensen was the top seed in the B final after going 50.74 in prelims.
Kyle Millis was the third Bear to swim Friday, as he placed 27th in the 100m back prelims with a time of 56.77.
Three more Bears will swim their first events in Wave I at the U.S. Olympic Trials on Saturday. Michael Petrides (200m free), Forrest Frazier (100m breaststroke) and Tyler Kopp (400m individual medley) will all dive in and aim to join Mefford in Wave II. Prelims will begin at 8 a.m. (PDT) and be streamed by USA Swimming, while Olympic Channel will broadcast the finals at 5 p.m. (PDT).
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