July 29, 2008
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Rising junior Ava Ohlgren led a pack of four current and future Tigers Tuesday as the 2008 U.S. Open wrapped up its first day in Minneapolis, Minn. Ohlgren clocked a 2:11.32 in the 200m butterfly to take home the bronze medal.
Ohlgren, a native of Northville, Mich., came one spot away from earning a place on her second U.S. national team. The U.S. Open is being used as a selection meet for the 2009 World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia with the top collegiate swimmer in each event earning a spot on the team.
With top-finisher Mary Descenza having already finished college, Ohlgren finished behind UC-Irvine swimmer Lyndsay DePaul, just missing out on a spot on the team.
Robert Looney, a rising sophomore from Shreveport, La., also made a championship final in the opening night, taking seventh in the men's 200m fly with a time of 1:59.92. Andrew Mitchell also competed in the 200m fly, clocking a 2:05.49 in the preliminary to finish 33rd overall.
Also competing Tuesday at the U.S. Open was Auburn signee Micah Lawrence. A native of Pflugerville, Texas, Lawrence touched in with a time of 2:33.70 to win the C Final of the 200m breaststroke - finishing 17th overall.
The U.S. Open runs July 29 - August 2 at the Minnesota Aquatics Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
The meet will continue tomorrow with prelims beginning at 9 a.m., and finals beginning at 6 p.m. The men's and women's 400m IM, 100m freestyle, 200m backstroke and 400m free relay will be contested. For complete results and highlights, visit www.usaswimming.org.