Posted: Jun 29, 2012 10:11 PM by Andrew Masuda
Updated: Jun 29, 2012 11:25 PM
UC Santa Barbara graduate Jason Lezak won the final spot on the U.S. relay team for the London Olympics with a sixth place finish in the 100 freestyle final at the U.S. Olympic Trials on Friday night.
At 36 years old, he will be the oldest male swimmer on Team USA.
Lezak did not qualify for the final until Ryan Lochte dropped out of the final so he could conserve energy for other events. Lezak took advantage with a time of 48.88 seconds.
Nathan Adrian went in as the favorite and won in 48.10 seconds, the fourth-fastest time in the world this year.Cullen Jones finished second in 48.46 seconds to capture the U.S.' second and final spot in the individual 100 free competition in London. The next four finishers in the final earned spots on Team USA's freestyle relay team.
Lezak will forever be known as the man whose remarkable final leg of the 400 freestyle relay kept Michael Phelps' dream alive to win eight Gold Medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Lezak and his wife have had two sons since 2008. He's been training in Irvine without a coach to make a run at the London Olympics.
The former Gaucho has won seven Olympic medals, including four Golds.
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