IU grad Hesen finishes fourth at Trials in 100 backstroke

Indiana graduate Ben Hesen just missed an Olympic berth, finishing fourth in the 100-meter backstroke at the Olympic Swimming Trials. From IU sports info:


Hesen Finishes Fourth in 100 Back at Olympic Trials

OMAHA, Neb. — Indiana graduate and 2008 NCAA Champion Ben Hesen came up just short in his Olympic bid, finishing fourth in the 100-meter backstroke on day three of the USA Swimming Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb.

The Trials continue through July 2. You can catch all the action on NBC, NBC Sports and via live stream on usaswimming.org.

In one of the fastest 100-meter backstroke finals in Olympic Trials history, Hesen touched the wall fourth in 53.03. Fellow Big Ten alum Matt Grevers (Northwestern) won the race with the second-fastest time in history at 52.08. Nick Thoman earned the other U.S. Olympic spot with a time of 52.86, which also ranks among the all-time top times.

Junior Lindsay Vrooman placed 31st in the women’s 200 freestyle, posting a time of 2:01.30, while incoming freshman Haley Lips was 35th (2:01.63).

Allysa Vavra placed 28th in the 200-meter individual medley, clocking in at a time of 2:17.47.

Sophomore Steve Schmuhl was disqualified in his heat of the 200-meter butterfly for a non-simultaneous touch. Recent graduate Kim Tracey was also hit with a disqualification in the 200-meter individual medley.

100 Backstroke
4. Ben Hesen – 53.03

200 Freestyle
31. Lindsay Vrooman – 2:01.30
35. Haley Lips – 2:01.63

200 Individual Medley
28. Allysa Vavra – 2:17.47