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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Hoos with Trophies

Another night at the US Swim Trials, another ticket punched to Tokyo. It doesn’t get much better than this race featuring a one-two photo finish by two Hoos. Check out the video above.  The good news is that [spoiler alert] Alex Walsh who wins the race by .02 seconds gets an automatic spot on the team but Kate Douglass will also most likely be named as well. The second-place finisher traditionally earns a spot, but it doesn’t become official until the end of the trials. Check out the tweet below (second in the thread) with the overhead shot of the touches. There was a third-place finisher .02 seconds behind Douglass. WOW

Strike the Drum

One of the exceptions to the first/second place rule is in creating relays. For the 200 free relay, the top four finishers are the relay team (with the top two swimming the individual event), thusly giving Paige Madden her first official ticket to Tokyo. There is a cool tradition that those who are officially named to the team strike and then sign the drum.

Moving on Up

Continuing on what has become our week-long celebration of Ernie Clement’s call up to the Indians, enjoy this piece from Damon Dillman.