Former Clovis West High swimmer Justin Wright missed out on a spot in the 200-meter butterfly finals by 0.14 seconds Tuesday during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Neb.
Wright, who now swims for Arizona, finished ninth in the 16-swimmer semifinals in 1:57.24. The top eight advanced to Wednesday’s final, with Andrew Seliskar placing eighth in 1:57.10. Wright, who was also ninth in preliminaries in 1:57.68, is the first alternate.
Michael Phelps, owner of 22 career Olympic medals, was first in 1:55.17.
Wright’s older brother Cary was 41st in the 200 fly prelims in 2:01.57.
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On Monday, recent Tulare Western grad and Arizona-bound Mallory Korenwinder placed 110th in the 100 breast in 1:12.96, and Danielle Herrmann, who trains with the Clovis Swim Club, was 78th in the 100 breast in 1:11.81.
Several other Fresno-area swimmers will be in action during the Trials, which run through Sunday, including Fresno State’s Leah Hatayama (Sanger) in the 50 free, Fresno Pacific’s Carl Weigley in the 100 fly and 100 free, Sunbird Welsey Coles in the 100 fly and former Porterville High standout Kyle Grissom (USC) in the 100 fly.