Avon swimmer Madison Kennedy swam the two fastest times of her career in the 100-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic Trials Thursday here in Omaha, Nebraska.
But it wasn’t good enough to get her in Friday night’s final. Kennedy finished ninth with a career-best time of 54.18 seconds but only the top eight can swim in the final. The top two in the 100 free earn spots on the U.S. Olympic team while the next four finishers will probably earn spots on the 4×100 relay team.
Kennedy finished 0.11 of a second behind Allison Schmitt for eighth place and is the first alternate should someone scratch (withdraw from the race).
The broadcast crew from NBC speculated after the semifinals that Katey Leducky, 19, might scratch from the final to prepare for the 800 meter freestyle, an event in which she holds the world record. However, the Washington Post reported that a USA Swimming official confirmed that Leducky would swim in the final.Continue Reading