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Lord Botetourt grad Olivia Bray makes final at U.S. Olympic swimming trials
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Lord Botetourt grad Olivia Bray makes final at U.S. Olympic swimming trials

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OMAHA, Neb. — Lord Botetourt graduate Olivia Bray of the University of Texas and Kate Douglass of UVa advanced to Monday’s 100-meter butterfly final with their performances Sunday night at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.

Douglass was fourth overall (57.07 seconds) in the 16-woman semifinals, with Bray seventh (58.07). They made Monday night’s eight-woman final. The top finisher in the semis was Yorktown High School’s Torri Huske, a Stanford recruit who broke the American record with a time of 55.78.

Douglass had finished third (57.29) and Bray 14th (58.90) in the prelims Sunday morning to advance to the semis.

Bray earned Big 12 newcomer of the year honors as a Texas freshman this year. She took second in the 200 butterfly and seventh in the 100 butterfly at the NCAA championships.

Virginia Tech’s A.J. Pouch was ninth overall in the men’s 100 breaststroke semifinals (1:00.48) Sunday night, with UVa’s Noah Nichols 11th (1:00.66). Neither made Monday’s eight-man final. The top finisher in the semis was Michael Andrew, who broke the American record with a time of 58.14.

Pouch had finished 10th (1:00.36) and Nichols 14th (1:00.66) in the prelims Sunday morning to advance to the 16-man semis.

Ex-UVa star and 2016 Olympic medalist Leah Smith finished fourth in the final of the 400 individual medley (4:34.55) Sunday night, so she did not make the Tokyo Olympics in that event. UVa recruit Emma Weyant won in 4:33.81, with Hali Flickinger finishing second to grab the other Tokyo berth.

Smith took sixth in the 400 I.M. prelims (4:40.74) on Sunday morning to advance to the eight-woman final.

Keith Myburgh (Hidden Valley/Virginia Tech) was 24th in the prelims of the men’s 400 individual medley (4:26.11). UVa’s Sean Conway was 24th. They did not make Sunday night’s eight-man final.

Chase Kalisz won the 400 I.M. final (4:09.09), with Jay Litherland second.

Kieran Smith of the University of Florida won the 400 freestyle final (3:44.86), with Jake Mitchell second.

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