Hersey finishes fourth in Olympic 200m butterfly final
Aug. 1, 2012
LONDON -- Former University of Texas swimmer Kathleen Hersey completed the second 200m butterfly Olympic final of her career with a fourth-place finish on Wednesday at the Aquatics Centre.
Hersey swam 2:05.78 – her best time of these Olympics – and was three tenths of a second out of third. Liuyang Jiao of China won the race in 2:04.06, a new Olympic record.
“Kathleen posted her lifetime best in the preliminaries, followed that swim with a faster time in the semifinals, and then went even faster in tonight’s finals,” said Texas Men’s Swimming and Diving assistant coach Kris Kubik. “To do that on our sport's largest stage is amazing. Former Longhorn and two-time Olympian Josh Davis always tells our swim campers each summer, ‘It's not important if you get a medal, but it is important that you do your best.’ Kathleen has certainly done that, and all of us associated with Texas Swimming and Diving are phenomenally proud of her.”
Hersey qualified for her second Olympic final by clocking the top time in Tuesday’s semifinal heats (2:05.90). She also qualified for the 200 butterfly final at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the summer prior to her freshman season at UT, and finished eighth.
London Olympics 2012
Women’s 200m Butterfly Final
1.Jiao (China), 2:04.06 OR