Trenton Julian Places Fifth In 200 Fly Final
OMAHA, Neb. – Trenton Julian finished fifth in the 200-meter butterfly final, highlighting a group of four Golden Bears who competed Wednesday night at the 2021 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials at CHI Health Center Omaha.
Julian (1:56.35) churned out an impressive swim, leading at every turn before falling back to fifth place in the final 50 meters of the race. It was the first finals appearance of the week for Julian, who was the 2021 NCAA runner-up in the 200-yard fly. Three other Bears were in action in the 100m freestyle and 200m breaststroke semifinals. Full results from Wednesday's semifinals and finals can be viewed here.
Incoming signee Jack Alexy (48.82) and three-time Olympian Nathan Adrian (48.92) took 10th and 13th in the 100m free, respectively, with Alexy claiming the second alternate spot for Thursday's final. Adrian, who touched sixth in the first of two heats, will get another shot at making his fourth Olympic appearance in the 50m free event later this week.
"Looking at what made top-16 this year compared to 2012, I'm pretty sure 16th this year would have been first from prelims going into 2012," Adrian said in the post-race mixed-zone. "That's nuts. That's incredible. To watch the sport evolve and watch people finally grasp the idea of doing true race pace throughout the year has been fun. Unlike track and field, the metaphorical glass ceiling of performance is still so much higher. I'm looking forward to watching and doing what I can to contribute to seeing what that glass ceiling eventually is."
Reece Whitley (2:11.12) was the 10th-fastest finisher in the 200m breast, also earning the second alternate spot in the event.
100 Free (Semifinals)
10. Jack Alexy (48.82) - alternate
13. Nathan Adrian (48.92)
200 Fly (Finals)
5. Trenton Julian (1:56.35)
200 Breast (Semifinals)
10. Reece Whitley (2:11.12) – alternate
Thursday's action will feature the 200m backstroke and 200m individual medley preliminaries, followed by the semifinals of the same events in the evening session if any Bears were to advance. Prelims will start at 8 a.m. PT and be streamed on NBCOlympics.com and the semifinals will begin at 4:45 p.m. PT and be televised on NBC/NBCSN.
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