Recap: Panthers At Olympic Trials
July 5, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee had an impressive four student-athletes competing at Olympic trials in various cities across the globe the past few weeks and the Panthers had tremendous showings, with a pair just missing Olympic berths.
Durell Busby of the men's track & field team ran in the 110m hurdles in his home nation of Trinidad & Tobago and was just one spot shy of punching his ticket to London. The junior finished second overall in his trial race, but his qualifying time of 13.67 seconds was fourth-best, just missing a spot among the top three for a spot on this summer's Olympic team.
In swimming, the Panthers had a program-best three take the pool in five events at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Neb., highlighted by two fantastic finishes by sophomore Emily McClellan.
The Delavan, Wis. native finished an outstanding sixth overall in the 100m breaststroke with a lifetime-best time of 1:07.41. That time gives the sophomore a very good chance to make the U.S. National Team as the top-six times in the country make the team, which will be announced Sept. 1.
McClellan also had an impressive showing the 200m breaststroke, vastly improving on her 40th-place seeding and finishing just over one second shy of the semifinals at 24th overall (out of 118).
Fellow sophomore Becky Yokosh also swam in two events at the meet with the nation's best. The Oconomowoc, Wis. native finished 99th out of 162 in the 100m backstroke with a time of 1:04.38 and then took 130th in the 200m backstroke in 2:19.61.
Senior Jordan Diel wrapped up the action for Milwaukee, taking 109th in the 100m butterfly, touching the wall at 55.83.