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Former Gator Natalie Hinds Makes Her First Olympic Team

Courtesy of University Athletic Association

BY BRIDGETTE UNDERWOOD

The final day of prelims will start at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. 

As day six of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials came to an end, Gator alumna Natalie Hinds earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team in the 100 free.

Finals / Semifinals 

Kieran Smith and Ryan Lochte kicked off night six of the Olympic Trials in the 200 IM. Smith missed qualifying in a third event to compete at the Tokyo Olympics by .26 seconds, as he finished third in the race. Ryan Lochte finished seventh in the 200 IM final with a time of 1:59.67.

Natalie Hinds was 40th at the 2016 Olympic trials and came back to qualify for her first Olympics, finishing fourth in the 100 free with a time of 53.84.

“This is such a dream come true for me, it’s such a tough field,” said Hinds.

Caeleb Dressel won the 100 fly semifinal in record-breaking fashion, finishing with a time of 49.76. Dressel broke the U.S. Open record for the second time in the same day in the race, earning a spot in Saturday night’s final.

“We had a good evening tonight in the 200 IM Final,” said Head Coach Anthony Nesty. “Kieran Smith battled in a close race to finish third with a time of 1:57.23. He has had a very challenging event schedule and has endured it with great passion and competitiveness. We have a big day tomorrow and we anticipate some great performances. We are closing in on the end of the meet and we will remain resilient and driven. We still have a few things to accomplish. It was a good day for the Gators and we are looking ahead focused, maintaining a fighting spirit.”

Prelims

Elise BauerTylor Mathieu, and Taylor Ault kicked off day seven of the Olympic Trials in the 800 free. Bauer and Mathieu got the momentum going in the first heat, finishing second and third respectively. In heat three, Ault finished third with a time of 8:44.60.

In the 100 fly, Caeleb Dressel finished first and broke the US Open Record with a time of 50.17. Jace Crawford finished first in the second heat and 33rd overall with a new personal best time of 53.44. In heat four of the 100 fly, Will Davis finished fourth and 40th overall with a time of 53.68. Dillon Hillis finished 58th overall with a time of 54.63.

Talia Bates and Sherridon Dressel capped off the morning prelims in the 200 back. Talia Bates dropped 1.47 seconds off her previous best time to finish second in her heat and 20th overall with a time of 2:12.73. Dressel finished sixth in heat six and 22nd overall with a time of 2:12.89.

Up Next

Day seven of the trials will kick off tomorrow at 11 a.m. with the men’s 50 free followed by the women’s 50 free and the men’s 1500 free.

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