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Hesen falls short of Olympic berth

Indiana University graduate and 2008 NCAA Champion Ben Hesen came up just short of making the U.S. Olympic team, finishing fourth in the 100-meter backstroke finals Wednesday at the USA Swimming Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb.

Hesen swam the event in 53.03 seconds, less then a second behind winner and Northwestern alum Matt Grevers (52.08) and Nick Thorman (52.86).

Grevers’ time is the second-fastest time in history. As the top two finishers, Grevers and Thorman earned Olympic berths.

Below are the results of current Hoosiers that competed at the Trials today:

•    Junior Lindsay Vrooman: 31st in the women’s 200 freestyle with a time of 2:01.30
•    Incoming freshman Haley Lips: 35th in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:01.63
•    Big Ten Swimmer of the Year Allysa Vavra: 28th in the 200-meter individual medley with a time of 2:17.47
•    Sophomore Steve Schmul: Disqualified from the 200-meter butterfly
•    Recent graduate Kim Tracey: Disqualified from the 200-individual medley
--Joe Popely

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