Pembroke Hill grad Bobby Bollier will line up in tonight’s US Olympic Swim Trials 200-meter butterfly preliminary finals heat next to Michael Phelps, the the world-record holder in the event.
By swimming the fastest 200-meter butterfly in a field of more than 130 this morning, Bollier locked up the preferred lane 4 position in the second of tonight’s two preliminary finals heats. Phelps, who finished tied for third overall this morning, will be in lane 5. The start gun goes off at 7:55 p.m. central.
Bollier’s mother Barbara, who’s in Omaha to watch her son swim, said he looked confident in the pool this morning.
“His stroke looked smooth, he was really stretched out,” she said. “He looked good out there.”
Barbara said she hadn’t spoken with Bobby after his race this morning, and likely wouldn’t until after the competition was over.
“When he’s at a meet, he’s in the zone, and we don’t talk until he’s all done,” she said. “I’m sure he’s napping right now, though.”
NBC is covering the US Olympic Swim Trials on its broadcast network tonight from 7-8 p.m., so there’s a good chance Bollier’s race will be aired on national television.
Coverage will also be available via a live video stream accessible through NBC Sports’ Olympics web site (you’ll need to log in using information from your account with your cable provider).
If Bollier is among the eight fastest finishers of the 16 competitors in tonight’s preliminary finals, he’ll earn a spot in tomorrow night’s medal event. The top two finishers in the finals Thursday earn spots on the US Olympic team.