US Swimming Trials Day 7 – Hoelzer, Jackson, Torres and Weber-Gale set new records

(BEIJING, July 6) — Yet another day of record raiding for swimmers at the US Olympic trials in Omaha, Nebraska. The competition started off with Lara Jackson rewriting the American record in the prelims of the women’s 50m free with a time of 24.50; replacing the former mark (24.53) set last year by nine-time Olympic medalist Dara Torres. Forty-one-year-old Torres was not to be outdone however, rallying in the semifinal round to reclaim the record with a time of 24.38. With the fastest time in the 100m freestyle, Torres has already secured her spot on the 2008 Olympic Team.

Kicking off the evening session with a bang, Margaret Hoelzer broke the world record in the women’s 200m backstroke finals clocking a low 2:06.09. This time was three-hundredths of a second below the previous record set by Zimbabwe’s Kirsty Coventry at this year’s World Championships in Columbia, Missouri. Top seed and Olympic qualifier in the 400m individual medley, Elizabeth Beisel (2:06.92) placed second with Hayley McGregory in third at 2:07.69.
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