Usher Finishes Third In 100 Breaststroke At 2004 US Olympic Trials

July 8, 2004

LONG BEACH, Calif. - University of Wyoming junior Scott Usher finished third in the finals of the 100 meter breaststroke at the 2004 US Olympic Trials in Long Beach, Calif.Usher, a Grand Island, Neb. native, swam to a third place time of 1:01.16 missing an Olympic spot by just 0.29 seconds.American record holder Brendan Hansen, of the University of Texas, set a new world record in the event with his first place time of 59.30. His finish bettered Japan's Kosuke Kitajima's time of 59.78 which was set in July of 2003. Auburn's Mark Gangloff assured himself of a trip to Athens with a second place time of 1:00.87."Scott did everything he was supposed to do," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "He started out strong and was right with those guys."He did a great job and I am so proud of him and everything he has done. We just need to carry this on and get him ready for the 200 on Saturday."Usher will have one more shot at the Olympic Games when he returns to action Saturday morning at 10 a.m. for the preliminaries of the 200 breaststroke. Semi final action will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday night. The 200 breaststroke finals are set for Sunday night at 6 p.m. (MST) and will be televised live on NBC.* See complete results at www.usa-swimming.net