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People who follow Tennessee were cheering for Christine Magnuson. Much of the world was pulling for Dara Torres. Neither advanced.
Jessica Hardy won the women's 50 meter freestyle, with Kara Lynn Joyce touching the wall second.
Magnuson was tantalizingly close to her second consecutive Olympics, but missed a spot on the team by .05 seconds and was third.
The 45 year old Torres is a marvel to even be competitive. She was .04 behind Magnuson and .07 seconds from a record sixth Olympic games.
Here is more on Magnuson's performance from the University of Tennessee:
Former Lady Vol Christine Magnuson had one last chance to qualify for her second Olympic Games but fell a fraction of a second short Monday in the final session of the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Neb.
Magnuson touched the wall third in the 50-meter freestyle in 24.78 seconds, just .05 seconds behind second-place finisher Kara Lynn Joyce.
The top two swimmers were added to Team USA. Jessica Hardy, who had the fastest time in the preliminaries and semifinals, won the race in 24.50 and Joyce followed in 24.73.
Magnuson swam the second-best time in the first two rounds of the race. She was a silver medalist in the 100 butterfly at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials
Top Times & Tennessee Results
1. Jessica Hardy, 24.50; 2. Kara Lynn Joyce, 24.73; 3. Christine Magnuson, UT, 24.78; 4. Dara Torres, 24.82; 5. Madison Kennedy, 25.10; 6. Kait Flederbach, 25.13; 7. Margo Geer, 25.26; 8. Lara Jackson, 25.42.