From Division III to a two-time Olympic event qualifier. A remarkable story continued Thursday night as for the second time this week former Emory University swimmer Andrew Wilson has qualified for an event at this year's Olympic Games.
In another race that went down to the wire at the US Olympic Trials, Wilson captured one of the two Team USA qualifying spots in the 200m Breaststroke as he finished second in Thursday's Final, touching with a time of 2:08.32.
Wilson, swimming in lane two, started out fast as he paced the field after the first 50 meters at 28.80. He slipped to the two spot at the 100m mark, just 0.05 behind leader Daniel Roy, and dropped to third at the 150m at 1:34.59. A strong closing 50 meters though helped him out-touch Wil Licon right at the wall, edging him by just 0.18 seconds.
Nic Fink, Wilson's professional training partner at Athens Bulldog Swimming Club and who Wilson beat for second in Monday's 100m Breaststroke by just 0.06 seconds, took first to clinch an Olympic berth as he out-swam the pack with his time of 2:07.55.
Watch the 200m Breaststroke Final
Wilson, seeing his goal of being an Olympian accomplished, is off to Tokyo, Japan next month in the hopes of now reaching the medal stand. The Olympic Games are scheduled to take place from July 23 through August 8.