OMAHA, Neb. – Yet another heartbreak for Bethany Galat.
The Texas A&M sophomore looked like she would finally break through and earn a spot in the Rio Olympics. And once again, Galat came up just a bit short.
Galat, a Penn High School graduate, missed out on an automatic swim bid in the 200-meter breaststroke Friday night. Galat came in with three other swimmers in 2:24, but Galat’s touch at the wall was third at 2:24.52. Lilly King won the race with a time of 2:24.02 and Molly Hannis took the second automatic qualifier by outreaching Galat at 2:24.39.
Micah Lawrence was fourth at 2:24.93.
Melanie Margolis (2:26.92), Emma Schoettmer (2:27.30), Annie Lazor (2:27.48) and Sarah Henry (2:28.12) rounded out the event.
Galat earlier in the week also finished third in the 400-meter IM and sixth in the 200-meter IM. Her third-place finish was by less than a second where she led Olympic silver medalist Elizabeth Beisel but fell off the pace in the final lap. In both races, Maya DiRado won the events.