TOKYO (WFXR/AP) — Torri Huske finished third in her semifinal heat and fourth overall to earn a lane in the women’s 100m butterfly final.
The Arlington, Va.-native swam a time of 56.51 on Sunday morning at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre. China’s Yufei Zhang recorded the fastest time in the semifinals with a time of 55.89. The final is set for Monday morning (Sunday night in the United States). Huske will swim in lane two.
In the 4x100m freestyle relay, the Americans, anchored by Simone Manuel, earned bronze behind Canada and Australia. The Aussies set a world record in the event to win gold.
Michigan-native Catie DeLoof, who trains at the University of Virginia, was part of the bronze medal-winning team after swimming the relay in Saturday night’s preliminary heats.
Without fans in the 15,000-seat Tokyo Aquatics Centre, masked teams had ample room to spread out in socially distanced seats above the deck. The U.S. contingent waved tiny American flags and pounded red-white-and-blue Thunderstix, while the Germans spread their large-sized flag over two rows of seats.
Waiting for the session to begin, the Americans chanted “Dr. Biden, Dr. Biden” and clapped. The U.S. first lady, sitting across the pool, stood and waved back. The U.S. team was easily the most spirited, on its feet, whistling and cheering for its swimmers.
But none of the usual electricity that typically courses through the Olympic pool was present. Teams shouted the names of their swimmers during the races, and the sound of water splashing was easily heard and music played.
“It was definitely different,” Huske said. “But with the COVID year, I felt like I kind of got used to it. Also, just knowing it’s the Olympics and I’m swimming against fast girls made it so exciting.”
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