OMAHA, Neb. – Nikki Daniels
and Chelsea Franklin
continued the action of University of Arkansas swimmers at the US Olympic Team Trials at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., with competition in the 100 breaststroke and 400 freestyle, respectively.
Daniels, a sophomore to be, entered the 100 breaststroke with the 97th best qualifying mark, but improved on that by 20 spots to finish tied for 77th with a time of 1:12.03. The mark is her second fastest time ever in the event and was just 2.7 seconds off qualifying for the event finals. Swimming in an outside lane, a tough draw for the Razorback, Daniels’ reaction time of 0.71 was in the middle of the pack compared to the entire field. She made the turn at 33.89 and closed the final 50 meters at 38.14.
“Nikki had a strong swim,” Arkansas coach Todd Mann
Franklin also improved on her seed, moving up 10 spots to finish 79th in the 400 freestyle. Getting off to a rough start, Franklin’s 50-meter times were strikingly consistent as she never wavered from 32 seconds to 33.3 seconds. Her final 50 of 32.48 was her fastest, allowing her to post a time of 4:21.44.
“Chelsea was battling a sinus infection,” Mann said. “She had to see the event doctors, but hopefully can get through this quickly and get back on track for the 800 freestyle over the weekend.”
Arkansas swimmers are off from competition until Friday, but will be participating in time trials in the meantime.