Tyler Kopp wins 400M IM in first wave of US Olympic trials
Tyler Kopp is the second Gold Bear to qualify for the second wave of the US Olympic Trials this weekend.
Cal Freshman earns his spot in Wave II with victory on Saturday
OMAHA, Neb. – Freshman in California Tyler kopp punched his ticket to Wave II of the US Olympic Swimming Trials with a victory in the Wave I 400-meter Individual Medley A final on Saturday at CHI Health Center.
Kopp hit in 4: 21.20 to finish more than a second faster than runner-up Kyle Ponsler (4: 22.23). The Golden Bear took the lead in the opening lap of the breaststroke and held onto the lead for the remainder of the course. As one of the top two in the event, Kopp will qualify for Wave II testing from June 13-20. Kopp joins his teammate Colby Mefford as bears who have gone from wave I to wave II so far this weekend; Mefford earned his place in wave II with a second place in the 200m butterfly on Friday.
California was represented by another A finalist on Saturday, sophomore Michel Perides slashed her classification time by nearly 2.5 seconds to take fourth place in the 200m freestyle with a time of 1: 50.68. Petrides entered the A final as an eighth seed after a time of 1: 53.09 in the prelims.
Sunday’s slate at Wave I of the US Olympic Trials will feature three Bears – Petrides (400m freestyle), Matthieu jensen (100m fly) and Mefford (200m back) – in the three events in action. Petrides and Jensen, who have both competed in an event so far in Omaha, will have another chance to join Mefford in Wave II. Preliminaries will begin at 8:00 a.m. PDT and will be broadcast by USA Swimming, while Olympic Channel will broadcast finals at 5:00 p.m. (PDT).