Jason Lezak, the anchor of the thrilling 400-freestyle relay in Beijing, claimed a spot on the Olympic men's 100-meter freestyle team after a top-six finish in the event Friday.
The 36-year-old Lezak will be joined on the team by Nathan Adrian, Cullen Jones, Matt Grevers, Ricky Berens and Jimmy Feigen.
"I was nervous. It's a big race for me. I trained four years for this. It's been real hard," Lezak said. "This 36-year-old body was run down."
Scott Weltz and Clark Burkle earned spots on the men's Olympic team for the 200-meter breaststroke, while Cammile Adams and Kathleen Hersey won Olympic berths in the women's 200-meter butterfly.
Veteran still in the Olympic mix
Natalie Coughlin, the 11-time Olympic medalist, kept her chances alive for more hardware Friday night with a seventh-place finish in the 100-meter freestyle. Coughlin, who set the trials record in the event four years ago, won bronze medals in the event, and silver in the 400-free relays, in the 2004 and 2008 Games.
Her signature event, though, is the 100-meter backstroke, which is where she won gold in those Olympics, but she was edged out at a shot at a third by Missy Franklin and Rachel Bootsma on Wednesday.
Coughlin said she hopes to mentor the younger swimmers, something she's already done as a U.S. team captain over the years.
"This meet is kind of a horrible meet," she said after her heat Friday night. "There's so much stress and anxiety, and I want people to enjoy it as much as possible."
Grevers' on-again, off-again schedule
Grevers' schedule over the past couple of days was in constant flux. Thursday night, he scratched from the 100-free finals scheduled for Friday night, or so it was thought. USA Swimming said Friday morning it had gotten bad information, and he actually would compete.
Then, Friday morning, Grevers swam in the 200-back preliminaries in the morning, finishing third behind Ryan Lochte and Tyler Clary, but scratched from the semifinals, not wanting to swim that and quickly recover to swim the 100-free finals. Plus, there are only two Olympic spots available in the 200-back, and Lochte and Clary are pretty tough to beat in that event.
Grevers already made the Olympic team Wednesday in the 100-back.
Along with fellow North Baltimore Aquatic Club swimmers Michael Phelps, Austin Surhoff, Chase Kalisz and Kevin Webster — who made it into the semifinals — Sean Roddy swam in the 200 IM but didn't advance further.
NBAC's Annie Zhu, swimming her 200-meter breaststroke preliminary in 2 minutes, 28.72 seconds, came in eighth in a field that included record holders like Rebecca Soni and Amanda Beard. That finish qualified her for the evening semifinals. NBAC's Stephanie O'Toole, Navy's Laura Gorinski and McDonogh alum Rachael Schaffer didn't advance beyond the 200 breaststroke preliminaries.
In the women's 100-meter freestyle, former NBAC swimmer Elizabeth Pelton tied for 11th in the preliminaries to advance to the semifinals, while NBAC's Felicia Lee and Maryland Terp Ann Fittin failed to qualify.
Drew Cosgarea and Patrick Murphy of NBAC swam in the 200-meter backstroke preliminaries but didn't advance.
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