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[california wrap runner]D’Arcy, Gillilan Wrap US Swimming Trials, Popham Readies for Australian Meet

Update time:2021-08-12 05:03Tag:

  Bakersfield, Calif. – Autumn D’Arcy advanced to the WAVE I Finals of the 100 Butterfly, while Loren Gillilan posted a near personal best time in the same event at the US Swimming Team Trials in Omaha, Neb.

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  ”I’m so excited for Loren and Autumn, and the experience they gained at their first Olympic Trials,” said CSUB Director of Swimming Chris Hansen. “These two have done everything possible to make the most of whatever training time they could find during the pandemic, and I’m proud of both how they’ve handled themselves and what they’ve been able to accomplish.”

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  D’Arcy swam a 1:01.06 in the preliminary round to qualify for 16th for her evening swim, eventually placing 15th in the event. Her final swim was broadcast live on NBC’s Olympic Channel.

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  ”Autumn’s was much more aggressive in the evening swim and posted a great result,” Hansen explained. “All her hard work with (assistant coach) Gray (Tedder) paid off and I’m proud of how she trained and performed.”

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  Gillilan posted a 55.60 in the men’s 100 Fly, just off his personal best and short of earning a spot in the WAVE I final.

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  ”Loren had very limited pool time leading up to Trials, and we weren’t able to break him down and do a full taper,” said Hansen. “That said, I’m so proud of how he’s responded to the adversity he faced, and I know his times benefit moving forward.”

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  Both D’Arcy and Gillilan will return to CSUB, and the Hillman Aquatic Center, Tuesday, to begin training for the 2021-22 Roadrunner season.

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  Meanwhile, sophomore freestyler Mikayla Popham will begin final preparations for the Australian Olympic Trials, beginning Saturday in Adelaide, South Australia.

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  ”Mikayla moved back to Australia when the pandemic began, so she could immediately start training and avoid mandatory quarantines ahead of the event,” Hansen noted. “Bouncing country to country while training is not an easy task, but she has a calm demeanor and that will help her as she deals with any obstacle.”

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  Popham will compete in the 50 Freestyle, the 100 Freestyle and the 200 Freestyle at the South Australia Aquatics & Leisure Center, and boasts long-course qualifying times of 26.22, 57.06 and 2:03.64, respectively.

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  In the two shorter events, Popham will be competing against five-time Olympic Medalist and Australian record holder Cate Campbell.

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  Popham was the 2020 WAC Freshman of the year after winning league titles in the 200 Free and the 500 Free, while finishing second in the 100 Free. She won 16-times during her first season in Bakersfield and was the Conference Swimmer of the Week on three occasions.

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