Beard Swims at Omaha Swimvitational

By: Courtesy: Associated Press
By: Courtesy: Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Amanda Beard says she wants to make a U.S.
Olympic team for a fifth time "pretty bad" but has no plans to
retire from swimming if she doesn't.

Beard finished the Mutual of Omaha Swimvitational with a
second-place finish in the 100-meter breaststroke Sunday night. She
was disqualified Friday in the 200 breaststroke, her specialty.

Ashley Wanland of the University of Wisconsin edged Beard in the
100, touching in 1 minute, 8.74 seconds -- 0.12 seconds ahead of
Beard.

Rebecca Soni, the 200 gold medalist in Beijing in 2008, is the
prohibitive favorite to win again in London. Beard will be going
for the second spot on the U.S. roster in the event.

The 30-year-old Beard says if she doesn't make the 2012 team, it
will motivate her for 2016.


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