Posted: Jun 28, 2012 6:04 PM by Andrew Masuda
Updated: Jun 29, 2012 8:10 AM
Santa Maria native Josh Prenot made quite a splash on national television on Thursday night at the US Olympic Swimming Trials. The 18 year old finished tenth in the semifinals of the men's 200 meter breaststroke with a time of 2:12.21.
Not only did he improve his personal best time of 2:13.00 that he set in the preliminary round, but he also set a National Boy's Record in the 17-18 year old age group.
Only the fastest eight swimmers in the field of 16 advanced into the final. Clark Burckle had the fastest semifinal time of 2:10.01. Matt Elliott captured the eighth and final spot in the final with a mark of 2:12.00, which meant Prenot missed a spot in the final by .21 of a second.
The semifinals were broadcast nationwide on NBC.
Also on Thursday night, UCSB graduate Jason Lezak fell two-hundredths of a second short of qualifying for the 100 freestyle final. The 36 year old's time of 49.05 seconds was the ninth fastest in the semis. Only the top eight moved on to the final. Cullen Jones grabbed the last spot with a time of 49.03.
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