Canton’s Allison Schmitt (100 Free) and Beverly Hills’ Annie Lazor (200 Breaststroke) will both be swimming for spots in Rio tonight at USA Swimming’s Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Neb.
Schmitt, already on the 800 Free Relay, has a shot to qualify for both the 100 Free and 400 Free Relay in tonight’s 100 Free final. She took the last spot in the finals with a 54.07, a slim ½ second behind top qualifier Abbey Weitzeil.
Schmitt, who won three Golds at the 2012 London Olympics, has now reached the finals in the 100, 200 and 400 Free in Omaha and has qualified for her 3rd straight Olympic Games.
Tonight’s 200-meter breaststroke final is Lazor’s final shot to make her first US Olympic team. The 7th fastest qualifier in Thursday’s semis (2.65 seconds off the pace set by Indiana University’s emerging star Lilly King), Lazor will need an epic swim tonight to earn a trip to Rio.
Holland’s Courtney Bartholomew, a senior at Virginia, is the 14th seed in this morning’s 200-meter Backstroke prelims and will be swimming for a spot in tonight’s semifinals.
U-M sophomore Gabby DeLoof, from Grosse Pointe, will be joining Bartholomew in the 200 Back prelims. DeLoof finished 33rd in the 100 Back prelims on Monday.
Ann Arbor’s Emily Brunemann, just back in the US after finishing 10th in the FINA/HOSA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup event in Baltonfured, Hungary, will be swimming for a spot in Saturday’s 800-meter Free final in this morning’s prelims.