Usher just missed Olympic bid in breaststroke

In the first major upset of the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials, Scott Spann wins the men’s 200 Breast in 2:09.97. Second was Eric Shanteau in 2:10.36, and Grand Island’s Scott Usher just missed out on his second Olympic berth by finishing third in 2:11.00. Brendan Hansen, the American record holder and 100 breaststroke champion, was fourth in 2:11.37.


Natalie Coughlin (53.66) and 41-year-old Dara Torres (53.76) had the fastest times in the womens’ 100 Free semis. Coughlin holds the American record at 53.39.


Aaron Piersol (1:55.78) and Ryan Lochte (1:56.52) finished first and second, respectively, in the mens’ 200 Back semis. Lochte is the American record holder (1:54.32).


Elaine Breeden was on world-record pace until the final 50 meters but still set a meet record in winning the womens’ 200 Fly in 2:06.75. Kathleen Hersey made her first Olympic team by finishing second in 2:07.33.


Jason Lezak might have set the American record in the 100-meter freestyle semifinals, but it was Garrett Weber-Gale who won. Weber-Gale finished in 47.92 seconds. Lezak was second in 48.05 (his record time Wednesday was 47.58), followed by Cullen Jones and Nathan Adrian.


Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps had the fastest times in the men’s 200 IM semis.