Evans finishes 6th in 800 at Olympic tuneup meet



IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Janet Evans finished sixth in the 800-meter freestyle at the Speedo Grand Challenge in the former Olympic champion’s final tuneup meet before the Olympic trials next month when she’ll try to make the U.S. team at 40.

Haley Anderson, who also competes in open water swimming, won the race Sunday in 8 minutes, 33.65 seconds. The 20-year-old swimmer who competes at Southern California will try to make the London Olympics in an open-water qualifier June 9 in Portugal.

Anderson raced former Olympian Kate Ziegler to the wall, with Ziegler touching second in 8:33.97. Ziegler won the 200 and 400 freestyles earlier in the three-day meet. Megan Rankin, an 18-year-old who trains with Evans, was third.

Evans finished in 8:49.36. She stayed close to the top three in the early stages of the 16-lap race before fading in the second half.