Trials Throwback Womens 200 IM in 2012

Trials Throwback Womens 200 IM in 2012

Just a few days to go until Olympic Trials get underway in Omaha, Neb. But before the meet, we wanted to look back at some of the great moments from past editions of the meet held inside the CenturyLink Center. Welcome to #TrialsThrowback!

Ariana Kukors had her sights set on redemption. In the 200 IM final at the 2008 Olympic Trials, Kukors was leading after 150 meters but faded to third as both Katie Hoff and Natalie Coughlin passed her on the freestyle. Kukors had a chance to sneak in ahead of Coughlin at the finish, but a chopped stroke left her eight one-hundredths behind.

A year later at World Championships Trials, Kukors again finished third in the 200 IM, this time just four one-hundredths behind Elizabeth Pelton. But Kukors caught a break—Pelton withdrew from the 200 IM to concentrate on the backstroke events—and she took full advantage. In Rome, Kukors proceeded to cut more than four seconds from her best time, winning her first World title in world record time (2:06.15).

Fast forward three years to the 200 IM final at the 2012 Trials, and Kukors had still never been on an Olympic team. She was facing a tough field that included Pelton—who this time scratched the 100 back final to focus on the 200 IM—and Caitlin Leverenz. Leverenz was already on the London team, but she knew a thing or two about heartbreaking finishes, having ended up third in the 200 breast and fourth in both the 200 and 400 IM in 2008.

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