Auburn swimmer finally realizes Olympic dream

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by TRAVIS PITTMAN / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on June 28, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 29 at 8:36 AM

Four years ago, Ariana Kukors missed the Beijing Olympics by 0.08 seconds, falling short in the women’s 200 meter Individual Medley at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

She’s been training hard for the last four years, trying to get that small segment of time that is an eternity in swimming.

She found it Thursday night, and then some.

Kukors finished second in the final of the 200m IM and will be going to the Olympics next month.

Watch: Kukors races in 200m IM Final at Olympic Trials

Watch: Kukors talks about growing up in Auburn

Results: Washington athletes at Olympic Trials

Kukors' time of 2:11.30 was 1.08 slower than winner Caitlin Leverenz, but more importantly, it was 0.25 seconds faster than third place finisher Elizabeth Pelton.

"Nothing can bring me down right now," said Kukors, told The Seattle Times. "I'm no way happy with that time (2:11.30), but considering that people have said for years and years that this is the most stressful meet in the world — I was feeling the stress — I will take it."

A loss would have been devastating for the current world record holder in the 200m IM.

In other action, Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian is one step closer to his second Olympics. His time of 48.33 in the semifinals of the 100 meter freestyle was the best of the night. The final is Friday night.
 

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