Olympic trials: Hardy wins 100 free, Coughlin sneaks onto Olympic roster for relay spot

Ex-Cal star Jessica Hardy won the 100-meter freestyle at the Olympic trials and Natalie Coughlin found a spot on her third Olympic team with a sixth-place finish that earns her a spot in the 400 free relay rotation.

Hardy won in 53.96 seconds, beating Missy Franklin by 0.19 seconds. Coughlin, who earlier missed chances to make the team in the 100 back and 100 butterfly, was sixth in 54.44. Only the top two finishers will swim the 100 free in London, but the top six gain relay spots.

Meanwhile, Cal senior Tom Sheilds was third in the semifinals of the 100 free, clocking 51.89. Michael Phelps, celebrating his 27th birthday,┬áhad the fastest qualifying time into Sunday’s final with a 51.35 effort.

Cal grads Anthony Ervin and Nathan Adrian were the two fastest semifinal qualifiers in the 50 free, swimming 21.74 and 21.81, respectively.




Jeff Faraudo