Robinson, who qualified in March for the Trials, swam in the second heat today with a seed time of 2:17.83. Robinson took to the pool at 1:11 p.m. EST and had the top split time after the first 50 meters at 31.69, and continued to lead the heat after the first full go of the pool at 1:05.91.
Robinson fell off the pace on the third leg, posting a 37.40 to fall back to sixth and couldn’t make up the distance lost, swimming a 37.92 final leg to finish at 2:21.23 and seventh place in the heat, not eligible to advance to the final rounds for a place in the London Olympics later this summer. Caroline Kenney won the second heat with a time of 2:15.73, but finished 38th overall. Robinson’s time was the 150th overall best time in the event.
Current American record holder Missy Franklin had the top preliminary time with a swim of 2:08.35, which came in the 19th and final heat of the afternoon session. Semi-finals will resume this evening and the finals will take place tomorrow in Omaha.
“She went out way too fast,” began mom Julie Robinson, rooting on her daughter from the arena seats. “She felt good and just didn’t control her first 100. She is happy though and will use this as a learning tool for the future. This should be every kid’s dream and goal. Truly the best swimming experience ever.”
Robinson, who will be a sophomore at Wawasee High School this fall, was a two-time finalist at the 2012 IHSAA State Finals, taking second place in the 200-yard freestyle and third place in the 100-yard freestyle. Robinson was part of a Wawasee team that broke a combined 59 pool, school, conference, sectional and state records last year.
Bre called in from Omaha this afternoon, and offered her candid thoughts of the swimming experience.
“It was just like being treated like royalty,” Bre said. “I just tried to zone it out. Not worried about who was there, I just wanted to swim my race.
I never really saw Missy Franklin except for once. We were all lined up and she was in the line. Except for that, I was just in my own little world.
I got way too excited. My adrenaline was pumping. I was so excited before the race. I took it out too fast, and I couldn’t keep up the pace. I got to swim right underneath the Jumbotron, neat to see it. It was like having the entire view of the pool.
I was a little disappointed knowing what I wanted to swim, but I didn’t really think of it the whole time. I was just trying to swim another race, but at the same time, the feel was just a little different.
Definitely, I have never been treated like this. Everybody wants to be here. The stands love the sport. Its been neat to get a feel of it. The whole experience was just amazing, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”