McClellan four places short
McClellan, a junior at UW-Milwaukee and Delavan-Darien High graduate swimming for the Whitewater J-Hawks Aquatic Club, posted a lifetime best 1:07.41.
“It was her best time, and that was important to her,” said J-Hawks’ coach Cherie Zimdars. “We are thrilled. She had a great race.’’
Earning US Olympic team berths were Breeja Larson, a sophomore at Texas A&M, who pulled off a huge upset and won in 1:05.92 and 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist Rebecca Soni, a Southern Cal graduate, who finished second in 1:05.99. Ashley Wanland from the University of Wisconsin finished eighth with a 1:07.89 time.
World-record holder Jessica Hardy finished third—about a half-second too slow to earn a spot in London.
McClellan swam a 1:07.45 in Tuesday’s preliminary race to make the semifinals, and added a 1:07.70 clocking in Tuesday’s semifinal to finish eighth and grab the last qualifying berth for the finals.
McClellan also qualified for the 200 breaststroke preliminaries on Friday. Bridgette Alexander, a Milton High School junior, competes in the 200-meter backstroke preliminaries on Saturday.