Crocker captures 100-meter butterfly in world-record time at U.S. Olympic Trials
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Former Longhorn Ian Crocker jumped into the lead right off the blocks and never looked back as he went on to capture the men's 100-meter butterfly in world-record setting time at the U.S. Olympic Trials on Tuesday night. Crocker touched the wall in 50.76, besting his own world record that he set at last year's world championships by 0.22. Meanwhile, Michael Phelps, who finished second with a time of 51.15, has now qualified for a record six individual events at the trials.
Crocker, who earned a spot on the Olympic roster with his second-place performance in the 100-meter freestyle on Sunday, joins Texas exes Brendan Hansen and Aaron Peirsol in having qualified for the summer games in multiple events while establishing world records. Hansen celebrated world-record setting victories in the 100 breaststroke (59.30) and 200 breaststroke (2:09.04), while Peirsol won both the 100 backstroke in 53.64 and the 200 backstroke in a world-record time of 1:54.74.
In other Longhorn news, also in the 100-meter butterfly competition, senior Daniel Di Toro (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral), turned in an impressive performance placing fifth, finishing in 53.17.
In the women's 50-meter freestyle, senior Sarah Wanezek (Brookfield, Wisc./Brookfield East) and Texas ex Colleen Lanne turned in third and fifth-place performances, respectively, making the 50-meter free final Wednesday night. Wanezek turned in a time of 25.33 while Lanne touched the wall in 25.39. Former Longhorn Erin Phenix just missed the cut, placing 11th in the semifinals.
To date at the U.S. Olympic Trials, seven Texas exes have qualified for the Athens Olympics. Crocker (100 free, 100 fly, 400 medley relay, 400 free relay), Nate Dusing (400 free relay), Scott Goldblatt (800 free relay), Hansen (100, 200 breast, 400 medley relay), Colleen Lanne (400 free relay), Peirsol (100, 200 back, 400 medley relay), and Neil Walker (400 free relay).
The Trials conclude on Wednesday, July 14 with two events: the women's 50-meter freestyle and the men's 1500-meter freestyle.
NBC will carry taped coverage of the Olympic Trials on Sunday, July 18 (12-2 p.m. CT).