OMAHA, Neb. – Arkansas rising sophomore Madison Strathman closed competition for the Razorbacks on Thursday at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials.
In the 200-meter breaststroke, Strathman placed third in heat two, finishing 80th overall with a time of 2 minutes, 35.93 seconds. The swimmers with the 16 fastest times among all 13 heats advanced to the evening semifinal.
During the past four days, Arkansas was represented in five events at the meet. Rising junior Jessie Garrison swam the 200-meter butterfly as well as the 400- and 200-meter individual medley. Strathman competed in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke, while two-time All-American Nikki Daniels, who swam for the Razorbacks from 2011-15, also competed in the 100-meter breaststroke.
“Today we finished the week on a good note with a strong swim from Madison,” head coach Neil Harper said. “She got out well and attached the front half of her race. Her hard work this spring allowed her to race home and place top three in her heat. As returning swimmers, Jessie and Madison have gained great experience that I hope they draw on to help raise out team’s expectations for the new school year. Both ladies have represented us well at the Trials.”
Razorbacks at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials
400-meter individual medley – Jessie Garrison, 72nd (4:56.97)
100-meter breaststroke – Madison Strathman, 57th (1:10.80); Nikki Daniels, 119th (1:13.76)
200-meter individual medley – Jessie Garrison, 92nd (2:21.48)
200-meter butterfly – Jessie Garrison, 54th (2:16.37)
200-meter breaststroke – Madison Strathman, 80th (2:35.93)
About The Trials
The Trials serve as the only selection meet for the U.S. Olympic Team competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The top two finishers in each race earn an Olympic berth and the top six finishers in the 100- and 200-meter freestyle can advance to fill out relay teams.
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