OMAHA, Neb.—One day after likely earning her way into being Texas A&M’s first-ever United States swimming Olympian, Aggie junior Christine Marshall (Newport News, Va.) continued the meet of her life with a 12th-place finish in the 100-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
On Thursday morning, Marshall swam a lifetime-best of 55.43 to grab the 16th and final qualifying spot to the semifinals. She had ranked No. 36 among the field of 100 competitors in the 100 free entering the meet.
In the semis, Marshall dropped her best time again, this time to 55.18, to finish in 12th place. Marshall, who swam in the first heat, managed to outswim the trials 100 butterfly champion Christine Magnuson (55.22) and 100 backstroke runner-up Margaret Hoelzer (55.83) among others and nearly beat U.S. star Katie Hoff (55.16), all of who competed in the second semifinal heat.
Current and former Aggie swimmers Ozzie Gardner (Kearns, Utah), Kristen Heiss (Casper, Wyo.), Emily Neal (Plano), Scott Newmann (Duncanville), Brad Raiford (Kingwood), Casey Strange (Houston), and Tyler Welch (Austin) are all scheduled to compete in preliminaries on Friday morning.
Thursday A&M Results:
Women’s 100-Meter Freestyle – Prelims (100 competitors)
16. Christine Marshall, 55.43
59. Sarah Woods, 56.84
76. Codie Hansen, 57.20
Women’s 200-Meter Breaststroke – Prelims (89 competitors)
35. Caroline Maxvill, 2:34.38
Women’s 100 Free – Semifinals
12. Christine Marshall, 55.18