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Granbury’s Dana Vollmer qualifies for Olympics again

Dana Vollmer swims during the women’s 100-meter butterfly final at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials Monday in Omaha, Neb. She finished second to secure one of two spots on the team in the 100 fly.
Dana Vollmer swims during the women’s 100-meter butterfly final at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials Monday in Omaha, Neb. She finished second to secure one of two spots on the team in the 100 fly. AP

Dana Vollmer, a Granbury High School grad who won gold in the 100-meter butterfly in the 2012 Olympics, has made the U.S. Olympic team again, at age 28 and 15 months after giving birth.

Vollmer finished second in the 100 fly Monday night at the U.S. swimming trials in Omaha, Neb. Her time of 57.21 seconds was 0.73 seconds behind first-place Kelsi Worrell.

Vollmer led at the turn, but Worrell rallied on the return lap to post the second-fastest time in the world this year at 56.48.

“I had no idea how it would go when I started,” Vollmer said. “It’s really been an amazing life’s journey for me. To come in with no expectations and kind of improve all the time. I was a little disappointed when I touched with the time, but then you realize time doesn’t matter. I still got second place and I’m going to Rio.”

The trip to Rio de Janeiro will be Vollmer’s third Olympics. She and her husband, Andy Grant, and their son Arlen live in California.

Vollmer, who holds the American record of 55.98 seconds in the 100 fly, gave birth to Arlen in March 2015.

As a 16-year-old, Vollmer won gold as part of the Americans’ winning 4x200-meter freestyle team in the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

KXAS/Channel 5 profiled Vollmer’s “Momma on a Mission” mindset.

Ledecky wins

Katie Ledecky, as one of the most dominant woman freestylers in history, held off a persistent challenge from Leah Smith to win the 400-meter freestyle on Monday night.

“The last 150, I just kept telling myself, ‘Rio! Rio! Rio!’ ” said Ledecky, who is also a big favorite in two other freestyle races to come.

Ledecky tired over the final 200. She touched in 3:58.98, the third fastest time in history. Smith pushed the 19-year-old winner all the way, also claiming an Olympic berth by finishing at 4:00.65.

Seven Olympic first-timers have already made the powerful American team, including Smith and the top two in the men’s 100 breastroke, Kevin Cordes and Cody Miller.

One night after stunningly missing out on an Olympic berth in the 400 individual medley, an ailing Ryan Lochte swam two more grueling races to qualify for the final of the 200 freestyle.

Meanwhile, in the women’s100 backstroke, defending Olympic champion Missy Franklin barely qualified for Tuesday’s final, finishing seventh. Natalie Coughlin, a 12-time Olympic medalist, also slipped into the final with last spot at 1:00.46.

Meili advances

Colleyville’s Katie Meili, a former standout at Fort Worth Nolan Catholic and Columbia University, qualified for the finals of the women’s 100-meter breaststroke with the third fastest time Monday in the semifinals.

Meili had a time of 1:06.37, finishing behind Lilli King, who was fastest at 1:05.94, and Molly Hannis (1:06.24). The top eight qualified to Tuesday’s final.

Carroll grad advances

In the men’s 200 freestyle, Southlake Carroll grad Jonathan Roberts, a sophomore last season with the Texas Longhorns, was eighth fastest in the semifinals to qualify for today’s final. He had a time of 1:47.84.

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