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S&D: Olivia Smoliga Earns Olympic Berth

With a third-place time of 53.63 in the 100-meter freestyle final, Bulldog alum Olivia Smoliga earned a second-consecutive Olympic berth Friday evening at the United States Olympic Swimming Team Trials at the CHI Health Center Arena.

Smoliga will be joined on the 4×100-meter freestyle relay team by fellow Athens Bulldog Swim Club ProDawg Natalie Hinds, who finished fourth with a time of 53.84 and notched her first Olympic bid. Alum Allison Schmitt placed sixth with a time of 54.12, earning a spot in the pool of eligible 4×100 swimmers.

Earlier in the evening, alum Chase Kalisz added to his Olympic program with a second-place time of 1:56.