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Olympic trials: Leverenz wins 200 IM for second London bid; Cal runners fall short in 5,000 final

Cal’s Caitlin Leverenz earned her second bid to the London Olympics, winning the 200-meter individual medley at the U.S. trials at Omaha, Neb. Leverenz, who earlier won the 400 IM, touched in 2 minutes, 10.22 seconds.

Former Cal star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian was the fastest qualifier in the 100 freestyle semifinals. Adrian, who won gold in the 100 free at Beijing, swam 48.33 seconds to advance to Friday’s final.

Cal grad Anthony Ervin, who won gold in the 50 free at Athens in 2004, was 13th overall in the 100 free semifinals at 49.46, and did not advance.

Another Cal alum, Dana Vollmer, was third in the 200 free finale, missing an Olympic bid by one spot. She swam 1:57.47 in a race won by Allison Schmitt in an American-record time of 1:54.40. Vollmer already has qualified for the London Games by winning the 100 butterfly.

TRACK AND FIELD: Magdalena Lewy Boulet, the 38-year-old Cal grad and 2008 Olympic marathoner, finished 11th in the 5,000-meter final at the Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore. She ran 15:34.31 to finish two spots ahead of Cal senior-to-be Deborah Maier (15:37.56).

Ex-Cal star David Torrence advanced to the semifinals of the 1,500, finishing second in his heat with a time of 3:41.99.

Jeff Faraudo

  • David Swartz

    Vollmer did clinch a spot on the 800 free relay team by finishing third.

  • rollonubears

    i hope they wear some cal stuff in the olympics. maybe the athletic dept can design a cal script that incorporates the red white and blue, with a HEAVY emphasis on the blue.