2016 U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS
- Sunday June 26th-Sunday July 3rd, 2016
- Century Link Center – Omaha, Nebraska
- Friday-Sunday – Prelims – 11:00 am EDT Finals – 7:45 pm EDT
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Olivia Smoliga of Georgia and the Athens Bulldogs Swim Club became the third-fastest female American 100 backstroker in history today with her win in the women’s 100 back. Smoliga took the event in 59.02.
With this swim, she bypassed Hayley McGregory‘s suit-era 2008 59.11 swim for the number three American in history rank. Below are the top seven American performers in history:
- Missy Franklin: 58.33 (2012)
- Natalie Coughlin: 58.94 (2008)
- Olivia Smoliga: 59.02 (2016)
- Hayley McGregory: 59.11 (2008)
- Margaret Hoelzer: 59.21 (2008)
- Elizabeth Pelton: 59.27 (2013)
- Kathleen Baker: 59.29 (2016)
At the 50, it was actually Kathleen Baker of SwimMAC who held the lead with 28.68 to Smoliga’s 28.86, but Smoliga made a huge charge into the finish, capping off the race with 30.16. Baker’s final split was 30.61 for a total of 59.29.
Baker’s performance ranks her the seventh-fastest American all-time.
Both pulled out a victory over a packed field, including the number one and two Americans in history, Missy Franklin and Natalie Coughlin, who finished seventh (1:00.24) and eighth (1:00.48), respectively.
Smoliga now sits fourth in the world rankings.
This will be both Smoliga and Baker’s first Olympic Games.