Zoe Bartel is putting on an impressive display in her first appearance at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.
The junior at Fossil Ridge High School made a big jump from her seeding placement in Tuesday’s 200-meter IM at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. She finished in a time of 2 minutes, 16.79 seconds, good for 24th place.
It was a big leap after being seeded 73rd entering the race. It’s also Bartel’s second 24th-place finish after she placed there in the 100 breaststroke on Monday.
She is also set to compete Thursday in the prelims of the 200 breaststroke, her final race of the trials.
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Max Holter finished 70th in the 200 butterfly in a time of 2:04.04 on Tuesday. The Fort Collins graduate and sophomore at the University of Texas has one race left at the trials in the 100 butterfly, with prelims on Friday.
Fossil Ridge graduate and Auburn University sophomore Bailey Nero is the only local who will race Wednesday. She’ll compete in the 200 butterfly.
The top two racers from each race qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
The meet runs through Sunday.
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