Bears Open Competition At U.S. Olympic Trials
OMAHA, Neb. – Ten California men's swimmers were in action during preliminaries as the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials Wave II got underway at CHI Health Center Omaha on Sunday.
None of the 10 Golden Bears advanced to the semifinals or finals of their respective events, but plenty of optimism remains heading into the thick of the meet; nine of the 10 Bears who swam Sunday are listed in at least one other event on the pre-meet psych sheet. Full results from Sunday's prelims can be viewed here.
The morning started with four Bears swimming in the 400-meter individual medley. Jason Louser (4:18.77) was Cal's fastest, finishing 11th, while Sean Grieshop – who placed fifth in the event at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials – took 15th with a time of 4:22.67. Tyler Kopp (4:21.10), the 400 IM winner at Wave I, continued to impress by touching first in heat three for 18th overall.
Zach Yeadon paced a group of four Bears in the 400m freestyle, touching in 3:55.09 for 28th. Trenton Julian, seeded as the 10th fastest in the 400m free heading into the meet, did not swim in the prelims.
The morning session concluded with the 100m breaststroke, where post-grad Josh Prenot (1:01.73) and rising senior Reece Whitley (1:01.98) placed 24th and 29th, respectively.
400 IM (Prelims)
11. Jason Louser (4:18.77)
16. Sean Grieshop (4:22.67)
18. Tyler Kopp (4:22.99)
23. Chris Jhong (4:25.90)
400 Free (Prelims)
28. Zach Yeadon (3:55.09)
36. Gabriel Jett (3:56.69)
39. Dare Rose (3:58.37)
41. Colby Mefford (3:59.52)
100 Breast (Prelims)
24. Josh Prenot (1:01.73)
29. Reece Whitley (1:01.98)
Day two (Monday, June 14) at U.S. Olympic Trials Wave II will feature the 200m free and 100m backstroke events, in which 12 total Bears are seeded. Prelims begin at 8 a.m. PT and semifinals start at 4:45 p.m. PT. Prelims will be streamed on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app while semifinals will be televised on NBC/NBCSN.
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