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UW swimmer makes it to championship


INDIANAPOLIS (WKOW) -- University of Wisconsin-Madison sophomore swimmer Maggie Meyer was one of three swimmers to qualify for the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships at IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.

Meyer, who entered the meet seeded 20th in the women's 100-meter backstroke, ended up with the 10th-fastest time overall and scored a third-place finish in the ‘B' final of the event.

She clocked in at 1 minute, 1.45 seconds, Hayley Gregory's time of 1:00.07 good for the title in the ‘A' final. Meyer had posted a time of 1:02.24 during the morning preliminaries session to qualify 14th overall for the finals.

Meyer's time in the final also was in improvement of more than a second over her No. 20 seed time.

A pair of her teammates also competed during the morning session, with junior Candice Peak placing 55th overall in 1:04.82 and junior Sara Goff finishing 69th in 1:06.88.

On the men's side, freshman Brett Nagle also was a finalist by earning a spot in the ‘C' final of the 200-meter butterfly. Nagle, swimming for Mount Hood Aquatics, clocked in at 2:06.84 to finish eighth in the final after recording a 2:04.51 during prelims.

Michael Phelps won the event with a time just off his own world record, clocking in at 1:52.76.

Former Badger All-American Adam Mania also was a finalist on the second day of the championships, as he scored a second-place finish in the ‘B' final of the men's 100-meter backstroke. Mania, also a former Olympian, clocked in at 54.69 seconds to finish 10th overall in the event.

The win in the ‘A' final went to Aaron Peirsol in a world-record time of 51.94.

Junior Derrick O'Donnell and sophomore Jesse Stipek also competed in the 100 back, with O'Donnell earning the 38th spot during the preliminaries with a time of 58.13 and Stipek finishing 42nd overall at 58.62.

Also swimming Wednesday was incoming UW freshman Laura Miller, who was 77th overall in the prelims of the women's 200-meter freestyle at 2:07.76.

The national championships continue Thursday with current and former Badgers slated to compete in five events. That includes 10th-seeded Jackie Vavrek in the women's 50 freestyle and 12th-seeded Ashley Wanland in the women's 100 breaststroke.

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