Harper Competes at Olympic Trials

OMAHA, Neb.- Boise State rising sophomore Heather Harper finished third in her heat and 111th overall in the 100-meter breaststroke Tuesday, at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Neb. Harper clocked a 1:12.96 and moved up 35 spots from her seed of No. 146.

"I was really happy with my race," Harper said. "I took it out well, I didn't bring it back as strong as I wanted, but it was good."

Harper clocked a 34.03 in her first 50 meters in front of the biggest crowd of her career.

"It was crazy," Harper said. "It was unlike anything I've ever seen before. I knew it was big, but it felt so much bigger when I actually had to walk out to the blocks for my heat and saw all of the people and heard all of them cheering."

The Redmond, Wash., native said she was able to calm her nerves enough to feed off the atmosphere and appreciate the opportunity.

"The setting is just so energetic," she said. "You're swimming with some of the fastest people in the history of the sport and it's an incredible feeling."

The race concludes Harper's competitive schedule at the Olympic Trials, but Boise State student-athletes return to the pool Thursday, for the 200-meter butterfly. Rising junior Rachel Heaney and incoming freshman Jenni Domanowski will swim their lone event of the meet.

Below is the remaining schedule of events for swimmers with Boise State ties. Prelims will begin at 10 a.m. (CT) each day. The evening sessions will start at 7 p.m. (CT). Video of every event will be available online or on television. All but the fastest heats of prelims can be seen live at usaswimming.org. The fastest two to four heats of prelims (depending on the event) will be aired on tape delay by NBC Sports. The evening sessions will be broadcast live on NBC in the Eastern and Central time zones and delayed in the Mountain  (7 p.m.) and Pacific (8 p.m.) time zones.

In races 200 meters and shorter, the top 16 swimmers from preliminaries advance to the semifinals.

Thursday, June 28
200m Butterfly- Rachel Heaney (and incoming freshman Jenni Domanowski)

Friday, June 29
100m Freestyle- Amber Boucher and Stephanie North
200m Breaststroke- Chelsea Miller

Sunday, July 1
50m Freestyle- Amber Boucher and Stephanie North

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