OMAHA, Neb. – Virginia senior Paige Madden swam her way to a second-place finish in the 400-meter freestyle to likely qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team on Day Two of the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials on Monday night.
Madden has tentatively qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. The top finishers in each event earn automatic qualifying and the full Olympic team will be announced by USA Swimming at the end of the trials.
Madden swam a personal best time of 4:04.86 to finish second and likely secure her spot on the Olympic team. Katie Ledecky took first in 4:01.27 and former Virginia swimmer Leah Smith clocked in third with a time of 4:06.27.
Kate Douglass finished third in the 100-meter butterfly to start the second night of the Olympic Trials. Douglass clocked in with a time of 56.56.
Anna Keating and Ella Nelson competed in the 100-meter breaststroke prelims. Keating finished 21st and Nelson was 29th. Alex Walsh finished 13th in the 100-meter backstroke prelims but scratched from the semifinals.
Sean Conway swam the 100-meter backstroke, finishing tied for 48th with a time of 56.21.
Emma Weyant was 12th overall to just miss the finals in the 400-meter freestyle. Weyant clocked in with a time of 4:11.87. Maddie Donohoe finished 18th overall in the 400 free with a time of 4:13.95.
Day three will feature finals in the men’s 200 free, women’s 100 back, men’s 100 back and women’s 100 breast.