Aug. 11, 2008
BEIJING, CHINA - Dominik Meichtry, who recently concluded his senior year with the University of California men's swimming program, placed sixth in the finals of the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:46.95 Tuesday (Aug. 12) at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Meichtry, from Rorschacherberg, Switzerland, had entered the finals with the fastest time in the preliminary rounds, producing a mark of 1:45.80 and surpassing Michael Phelps' time of 1:46.48 in the final of eight heats. Meichtry was the top qualifier going into the semifinals, followed by South Africa's Jean Basson (1:46.31) and Canada's Brent Hayden (1:46.40). He than swam a 1:46.54 in the semifinals. Phelps, however, went on the win the 200-meter free gold with a world-record time of 1:42.96 in the finals.
Meichtry concluded an outstanding career for the Golden Bears. At the 2008 NCAA championships, he swam the anchor leg of Cal's 400 free relay that placed third, swam the third leg of the Bear's 800 free relay that placed 10th, and was ninth in the 200 free, 11th in the 100 free and 12th in the 500 free. In 2007, Meichtry was the NCAA runner-up and the Pac-10 champion in the 200 free, and is the Spieker Aquatics Complex record-holder (1:34.51) in that event as well. He had reached the semifinals of the 200 free at the 2004 Olympics, and he finished 11th in the event at the 2007 World Championships. He also earned a silver medal in the 200 free at the 2004 World Cup in Durban, South Africa.