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Waddell takes 79th in first event

OMAHA, Neb.--Competing in her first U.S. Olympic Trials event, Tevyn Waddell finished sixth in her heat and took 79th overall in the women's 100-meter butterfly on Sunday at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

OMAHA, Neb.-Competing in her first U.S. Olympic Trials event, Tevyn Waddell finished sixth in her heat and took 79th overall in the women's 100-meter butterfly on Sunday at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

Waddell finished the race in 1 minute, 01.24 seconds and didn't advance to the semifinals in the event.

"I thought she looked really well and swam well," Mitchell Aquatic Club head coach Kyle Margheim said. "I think today was a good learning experience, soaking in the meet and getting ready for the rest of the week."

Waddell's time was almost a full second short of her personal-best time in the 100 butterfly of 1:00.34.

"The biggest learning part is the experience and knowing what to expect," Margheim said. "There's still some things she can work on in the water too."

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Despite not reaching a personal-best time, Margheim said Waddell will stay focused on her next two races-100 backstroke and 200 backstroke. The future Minnesota Gopher will compete in the women's 100 backstroke today and in the 200 backstroke on Friday.

"The atmosphere here is hard to leave and not be excited for the next day and the next race," Margheim said. "We're still focused, but we're also taking it in and thinking about the little things to keep things in perspective too."

The premier swimming event will decide who represents the U.S. at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Waddell will compete in heat No. 10 (out of 16) for the 100 backstroke today in Omaha, Nebraska.

"We've learned from today and we'll be that much more comfortable," Margheim said. "We'll go out and see what happens."

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