Brendan McHugh '12 Reaches Semis at U.S. Olympic Trials; Narrowly Misses Final

U.S. Swimming Olympic Team Trials Results

Brendan McHugh was the first swimmer to do a lot of things during his career as a swimmer for the University of Pennsylvania, but he is saving his best for last as he attempts to swim his way to London and the 2012 Olympic Games.

In the prelimnaries of the 100m breaststroke, McHugh finished first in his heat in a time of 1:01.30, becoming the first Penn swimmer to reach the semifinals of a U.S. Olympic Trials event. He ended the preliminary session tied for ninth overall out of the 141 swimmers entered in the race. Even more impressive was the leap McHugh made from his pre-seed entering the tournament where he was ranked No. 41.

In the night session, McHugh finished fourth in a time of 1:01.04, and ranked 10th overall among the 16 swimmers who advanced. He was .21 seconds behind eighth place - the spot needed to reach Tuesday's final. McHugh will hold on to the second alternate spot in case there are two scratches before tomorrow's race.

In the heats, McHugh left his seeding in his wake, finishing his heat (number 12 of 15 races) as the fastest swimmer to that point. With three heats - and 30 swimmers who were all seeded above him left, McHugh waited as those three-plus minutes went by and his spot among the top-16 was clinched.

Future Quaker Bradley Wachenfeld got the day started for those with Red and Blue ties as he swam in the prelims of the 400m freestyle and finished in a time of 4:06.92 which did not advance him to the finals.