Sept. 21, 2000
Sydney, Australia - Cal sophomore swimmer Anthony Ervin has qualified third for the finals of the 50 meter freestyle which will be held later today at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
Ervin, who burst on the national scene this past spring while swimming for Cal and winning the NCAA 50 and 100 yard races, posted a time of 22.l3 while finishing second in a semi-final heat behind fellow American Gary Hall Jr.
In earlier qualifying heats, Ervin won his heat with a time of 22.24.
The other top candidates for the 50 free Olympic Gold besides Ervin and Hall are Pieter Van der Hoogenbard, who already has won a pair of Olympic Gold Medals. Hoogenbard qualified with the second fastest time of 22.11 in the semi-finals. Russian sprint legend Alexander Popov qualified fourth with a time of 22.17.
Ervin has the capability of swimming a much faster time in the finals as he posted a 21.80 time in the U.S. Olympic Trials this past summer. He became only the fifth swimmer in the world to go under 22.00 in that race.
He is expected to re-enroll at Cal this January for the spring semester after taking the fall semester off from school to participate in the Olympic Games.