Ralph R. Zobell | Posted: 1 Jul 2016 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Sorenson advanced to semifinals, but not finals of 50 free

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OMAHA, Nebraska (July 1, 2016)-All-American Payton Sorenson of BYU swim and dive just missed advancing Friday to the finals in the 50 freestyle at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

The sophomore from Arizona won his heat in the morning preliminaries with a time of 22.29 which placed him 10th in qualifying for the evening semifinals where he clocked a 22.37 for 13th place. The top eight eight swimmers advance to Friday's finals.

“For Payton to make it back in the 50 free, the fastest even there is at this level, is remarkable,” BYU coach John Brooks said. “I’m so proud of him to make the top 16 at Trials and to have the ‘Y’ represented. I’m sure this will motivate Payton for the next few years.”

Freshman teammate Connor Stirling placed 139th with a time of 23.65 in the morning preliminaries and did not advance to the semifinals.  

Here are the complete results from BYU swimmers who competed in the Trials:

June 26
Prelims--400 IM--Hayden Palmer-disqualified (previous qualifying time 4:26.30)
Prelims--100 Fly--119th Ellie Thornbrue--1:02.19 (previous qualifying time 1:01.13)
Prelims--100 Breast--110th Stephen Richards--1:04.46 (previous qualifying time 1:01.31)

June 27
Prelims--100 Back--7th-Jake Taylor, 54.50 (previous qualifying time 54.60)
Prelims--100 Back--37th-Preston Jenkins 56.06 (previous qualifying time 56.53)
Semifinals--100 Back--7th-Jake Taylor, 54.07

June 28
Finals--100 Back--7th tie-Jake Taylor, 54.72

June 29
Prelims--100 Free--48th Payton Sorenson, 50.47 (previous qualifying time 50.22)

June 30
Prelims--200 Back--16th (Jake Taylor, 2:00.31 (previous qualifying time 2:00.74)
Prelims--200 Back--44th Preston Jenkins, 2:02.98 (previous qualifying time 2:02.54)
Semifinals--200 Back--11th Jake Taylor,1:59.83

July 1
Prelims--50 Free--10th Payton Sorenson, 22.29 (previous qualifying time 22.83)
Prelims--50 Free--139th Connor Stirling, 23.65 (previous qualifying time 23.13)
Semifinals--50 Free13th Payton Sorenson, 22.37