Swimmers don't make final cut

Badgers unsuccessful in Monday's Olympic bids but Liebhold comes close

Senior Tim Liebhold came close to an Olympic bid but could not beat out swimmer Michael Phelps in the 200 IM at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Long Beach, Calif., Monday. Liebhold finished eighth in a time of 2:03.23, while Phelps won the race in 1:56.71, setting a new meet record. He currently holds the world and U.S. records in the 200 IM.

Matt Marshall, senior Carly Piper and sophomore Susan Johnson each competed in the preliminary round of their respective events but none advanced farther than that.

Marshall competed in both the 50-meter freestyle and the 100 butterfly Monday, finishing 35th in the 50 free with a time of 23.62 seconds and 24th in the 100 fly in 55.11. Johnson came close to advancing to the semifinals but fell just short, placing 17th in the 200 backstroke in 2:16.91. She qualified for the semifinals as an alternate but was not needed to compete. Piper, meanwhile, finished 16th in the preliminaries of the 800 freestyle in 8:45.71; there is not a semifinal race in her event and the top eight competitors advance to the finals.

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