OMAHA, Neb. - One of two Spider qualifiers at this week's U.S. Olympic Trials, rising senior Lauren Hines touched the wall in 41st overall in the prelims of the 100 back on Tuesday at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.
"Lauren's attitude was reminiscent of Auburn," said head coach Matt Barany. "She was smiling and ready. We liked her initial speed and had hoped to go out under 29.5. She was there, but had a difficult time judging the wall."
Swimming in the 14th heat of the event, Hines (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley) had good speed going out in the opening stages of her swim. The 2012 All-American would turn in a time of 1:03.11 to finish just outside the top 40 in a talented pool of 162 swimmers.
"It's hard to plan for this environment," added Barany. "We expect her to feel more comfortable later in the week."
Hines will return to the pool on Saturday for the prelims of the 200 back. Rising junior Mali Kobelja (Fort Wayne, Ind./R. Nelson Snider) also joins her in Omaha this week and will compete in Wednesday's 200 IM prelims.
The top 16 finishers from each event's preliminary round qualify to compete in that evening's semifinal. The top eight competitors from the semifinal round then qualify to race in the next evening's finals. The top two swimmers from each final will represent the United States on its Olympic team.
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