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Day Completes First Olympic Trials Swim in 100 Breaststroke

June 26, 2012
|  Omaha, Neb.
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Incoming Liberty swimmer Laura Day, flanked by redshirt sophomore Brye Ravettine and head coach Jake Shellenberger.

Incoming Liberty student-athlete Laura Day swam a preliminary heat in the 100-meter breaststroke on day two of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Tuesday at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.

Day, a 2012 Liberty signee from Peyton, Colo., clocked a 1:14.05 in heat five of 16 in the 100 breaststroke. She finished sixth in her heat, and 141st out of 153 entrants. Day had earned her way to Omaha by swimming a 1:11.89 on March 9 at the Columbus Grand Prix. That time ranked 119th in the field entering today's preliminary round.

2011 world champion Rebecca Soni finished first in qualifying for semifinals, with a time of 1:06.33, followed by Breeja Larson and world record holder Jessica Hardy.

Liberty's participation in the trials continues on Sunday, when Brye Ravettine competes in qualifying heats of the 50-meter freestyle. She enters the competition seeded 61st out of 164 swimmers, with a time of 25.99.

The top 16 times from preliminaries in each event advance to that evening's semifinal round. The fastest eight finishers in semifinals qualify for the final. In order to make the U.S. Olympic team in an individual event, an athlete needs to finish in either first or second place in the final.