Meili Qualifies for 2012 Olympic Trials at USA Swimming Grand Prix
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars
NEW YORK – Columbia women’s swimming sophomore Katie Meili qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials Thursday in Indianapolis, Ind., at the 2011 Indianapolis Grand Prix, as she came in eighth in the preliminaries of the 100 meter breaststroke, qualifying for the championship event.

Swimming unattached in a long course meter pool (as opposed to the normal collegiate standard of short course yards), Meili came in at 1:11.80, a lifetime best for the sophomore. In Thursday night’s championship final, she got the chance to swim against Jessica Hardy, who is the current world record holder in the event. Meili finished seventh overall, lowering her lifetime best, as she came in at 1:11.59.

Senior Annie Perizzolo also swam the 100 meter breast Thursday, and came in at 1:13.36, which was good for 13th coming out of the preliminaries. She swam in the B final on Thursday night, and finished with a time of 1:14.09, which was good for 15th overall.

Meili and Perizzolo, along with Caitlin Rogers and Isabelle Vandenbroucke, will continue to compete at the 2011 Indianapolis Grand Prix through Saturday, March 5.