OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Amanda Beard's preparation for her bid to
make a fifth U.S. Olympic team hit a rough patch Friday night when
she was disqualified from the 200-meter breaststroke final in the
Mutual of Omaha Swimvitational.
The 30-year-old Beard is using the meet as a tuneup for the
Olympic Trials that will be held in the same pool this month. She
swam a strong race in the final, finishing more than 3 seconds
ahead of her nearest competitor, but was DQ'd because her elbows
weren't underwater during the recovery portion of the stroke.
It was the same offense that got her disqualified from the
Swimvitational preliminaries in 2008. Beard did not speak with
Beard's coach, Eric Hansen, said she would make minor
adjustments to her stroke before the trials.