Torres moves on in 50 free at US trials



OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Jessica Hardy is the leading qualifier in the 50-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, while Dara Torres has qualified fifth-fastest in her bid to make a sixth Olympic team at 45.

Hardy won the last of 16 heats in 24.55 seconds on Sunday swimming next to Torres, who touched second at 25.00.

Hardy was the surprise winner of the 100 free on Saturday night after failing to make the team in her 100 breaststroke specialty.

Torres is competing in just one event after winning three silver medals four years ago in Beijing. She would be the first American to swim in six Olympics if she finishes in the top two of Monday’s final.

Christine Magnuson qualified second for the evening semifinals at 24.75.