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McClellan four places short

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Gazette Staff
June 28, 2012
— Emily McClellan of Delavan finished sixth in the 100-meter breaststroke finals at the US Olympic swimming trials Wednesday.

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.



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