York YMCA's Small to swim in 200 IM final on Wednesday
- Meghan Small had the seventh-fastest time in the 200 IM in Tuesday's semifinals at 2:13.00.
- Small, a member of the York YMCA, will compete in the 200 IM final on Wednesday night.
- Small must finish in the top two on Wednesday to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team in the event.
The York YMCA's Meghan Small will swim in Wednesday night's 200-meter individual medley final at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Nebraska.
Small, who is from Lineboro, Maryland, and is committed to swim at the University of Tennessee next year, qualified seventh with a time of 2 minutes, 13.00 seconds in her semifinal heat. The top eight in the 16-swimmer semifinals advanced to Wednesday's final.
The 200 IM was Small's best event going into Omaha. She was seeded with the sixth-fastest time. However, the 200 IM field is loaded, with the Americans boasting five of the top-10 200 IM swimmers in the world competing for just two spots in the Olympics.
In the semifinals, Small shaved more than two seconds off her time in her preliminary swim of 2:15.22, which qualified her 13th among the 16 semifinal swimmers.
Flickinger misses out on final: Former York YMCA member Hali Flickinger failed to qualify for Wednesday night's 200-meter freestyle final after finishing 12th during Tuesday night's semifinals.
The Spring Grove grad and University of Georgia standout finished with a time of 1:58.91, finishing .21 seconds behind the 10th-place finisher, which would've qualified her as one of two alternates for the final event. The top eight advanced into the final. She advanced to the semifinals after finishing tied for seventh in the 200 freestyle preliminaries with a time of 1:58.61.
Flickinger was attempting to qualify for her second final at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials this week. Flickinger swam in Monday night's 100-meter butterfly final, but finished eighth, missing out on a chance to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in that event.
Harnish doesn't make semifinals: West York senior and York YMCA member Courtney Harnish failed to qualify for Tuesday night's 200 free semifinals after finishing 43rd in the prelims.
Her time of 2:01.92 was just under two seconds off the 16th-and-final qualifying time for Tuesday night's semifinals.
Harnish, who is a strong distance swimmer, still has the 800 free event on Friday, for which she was seeded 13th going into Omaha.
Lochte, Franklin come up short: One by one, some of America’s biggest swimming stars are going down at the Olympic trials.
First, Ryan Lochte. Then, Missy Franklin.
Lochte, an 11-time Olympic medalist but slowed by a groin injury, missed out on his second chance to make the team in an individual event with a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter freestyle. There was some consolation: Lochte at least clinched a spot in the 4x200 relay, so he’ll be in Rio.
Franklin can’t say that yet. The bubbly star of the 2012 London Games struggled to a seventh-place finish in the 100 backstroke, denying her a chance to defend the gold medal she won four years ago.
Racing just 23 minutes after qualifying for the final of the 200 free, the 21-year-old Franklin couldn’t pull off the grueling double. She finished nearly a body length behind winner Olivia Smoliga and runner-up Kathleen Baker, who will represent the U.S. in what was once Franklin’s signature event.
The only swimmer to finish behind Franklin was 12-time gold medalist Natalie Coughlin. The 33-year-old likely missed out on her best chance to make the team in an individual event, though there’s a chance she could still qualify in a relay.
In the men’s 200 free, Lochte was second at the final turn but couldn’t hold on, either. Townley Haas surged to the victory, followed by Conor Dwyer.
For good measure, another stalwart of the 2012 U.S. team failed to qualify for Rio. Matt Grevers, the defending Olympic gold medalist in the men’s 100 backstroke, finished third behind Ryan Murphy and David Plummer.
Yet another Olympic gold medalist, Jessica Hardy, finished sixth in the 100 breaststroke to also miss out on the U.S. team. Lilly King and Katie Meili were 1-2 in the final, extending what has become a definite changing of the guard in Omaha.
Ledecky, Phelps look strong: It’s not a total makeover.
Katie Ledecky is living up to her staggering expectations, and the most decorated Olympian of them all, Michael Phelps, looked as dominant as ever in his first event of the trials.
Ledecky was easily the top qualifier in the semifinals of the 200 free, more than a second ahead of everyone else, as she looks to add a second event to her Rio schedule. She already won the 400 free, will be an overwhelming favorite in the 800 free and also entered the 100 free.
Then there’s Phelps, who already has 18 golds and 22 medals overall — and came out of retirement seeking to win a few more before he calls it quits again. He was more than a second ahead of the next-fastest swimmer in the semifinals of the 200 butterfly, powering through the water with ease while his 7-week-old son, Boomer, watched from the stands.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.