Good morning. As you dust off the Monday morning cobwebs and prepare for the final two work days of July, your faithful swimming correspondent set the alarm for earlier-than-usual to get you the latest results from Day 3 of the Olympic swimming competition in London. Three events this morning as you enjoy a bowl of your favorite cereal and a quick peek at the Day 3 finals schedule.
Allison Schmitt and Missy Franklin were 2-3 in the prelims of the 200 freestyle to easily advance to the semifinals. Federica Pellegrini of Italy led the way at 1:57.16, with Schmitt (1:57.33) and Franklin (1:57.62) right behind her.
It will be a busy night (or afternoon here in Omaha) for Franklin, as she has the 200 free prelims at 1:30 p.m. CDT and the finals of the 100 backstroke 21 minutes later. Schmitt won silver on Sunday in the 400 freestyle with an American record time.
Tyler Clary qualified second in the men’s 200 butterfly by touching in 1:54.96, just 0.17 seconds behind leading qualifier Dinko Jukic. Michael Phelps — swimming in the same heat with Clary — is fifth heading into the semifinals at 1:55.53.
The final event of the morning program was the prelims of the women’s 200 individual medley. Caitlin Leverenz of the U.S. qualified third by winning her heat in 2:10.63, and Ariana Kukors was seventh in 2:11.94.
This afternoon/evening’s finals will be in the men’s 200 freestyle, women’s 100 backstroke, men’s 100 backstroke and women’s 100 breaststroke.
Ryan Lochte will be in Lane 2 of the 200 free final, Franklin is in Lane 5 in the 100 back next to top qualifier Emily Seebohm of Australia.
Matt Grevers is in Lane 4 and is a big favorite to win the 100 backstroke title (Nick Thoman also is in Lane 2), and Rebecca Soni and Breeja Larson are in Lanes 5 and 6, respectively, with a chance to take home two of the three 100 breaststroke medals.