Canton’s Allison Schmitt is going to her third Olympics.

Schmitt secured a spot on the 800-meter Freestyle Relay with a solid 4th Wednesday in the 200-meter Freestyle at USA Swimming’s Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Neb.

Allison Schmitt

Allison Schmitt

Schmitt won three golds in London and has six Olympic medals altogether.

Schmitt will get another shot at an Olympic berth if she can reach Friday’s 100-meter Freestyle finals and finish fourth or better there. The 100 prelims are this morning and the semifinals tonight.

U-M grad Ali DeLoof, of Grosse Pointe, and Louisville freshman Mallory Comerford, of Kalamazoo, are also in this morning’s 100 Free prelims.

Schmitt, 26, went out strong in the 200 on Wednesday leading relay teammates Missy Franklin, 21, until the halfway mark and Leah Smith, 21, until the final 50 meters.

The fourth member of the relay, 19-year-old phenom Kate Ledecky won the 200 Free final in 1:54.88, short of Schmitt’s 2012 American and Olympic record time of 1:53.61.SwimmingICON

Schmitt was fourth in 1:56.72, just 9/100ths behind Smith. Relay teammate Franklin finished second, 1.30 seconds behind Ledecky.

USC freshman Maddie Wright, of Waterford, game up short in the 200-meter Butterfly semis on Wednesday in 2:12.11, 13th best of the 16 swimmers trying for tonight’s finals.

Beverly Hills’ Annie Lazor and Indiana University freshman Miranda Tucker, from Plymouth, are both strong contenders to reach tonight’s 200-meter Breaststroke semifinals. Oakland University junior Rachel Waite from Tecumseh has an outside shot to make the semis.

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