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Tolman places 29th in 1st U.S. Olympic Trials appearance
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Sierra graduate Scott Tolman, swimming in the 100-yard breaststroke during the CIF State Championships last month, made his first appearance in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials on Wednesday, placing 49th in the 200-meter breaststroke. - photo by Photo by SHANNON ESENWEIN

OMAHA, Neb. — Sierra High graduate Scott Tolman competed in the 200-meter breaststroke in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Wednesday at CenturyLink Center, finishing third in his heat and 49th overall out of 98 entrants.

His time of 2 minutes, 18.66 seconds was off his personal record (2:17.71) established in a qualifying meet at Fresno State the day after the CIF State Swimming & Diving Championships. Kevin Cordes is the top qualifier for today’s final in the 200 breaststroke, and he flirted with a new world record time (Akhiro Yamaguchi, Japan, 2:07.01) before setting for a mark of 2:07.81 in the semifinals.

Tolman became the first swimmer in Sierra High history to qualify for the CIF meet and did so twice. In late May, he was the state runner-up in the 100-yard breaststroke (55.21) and fourth-place finisher in the 200 individual medley (1:51.00). Tolman is a National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association/Speedo All-American in both events. He also led Sierra to its first Valley Oak League boys swimming title in the spring.