Olympians take charge quickly in 100 free prelims



INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Four Olympic gold medalists qualified for both the men’s and women’s 100-meter freestyle finals Tuesday at the U.S. national championships in Indianapolis.

The morning’s prelims got off to a rousing start with Natalie Coughlin, Missy Franklin and Jessica Hardy all reaching the women’s 100 free final. University of Georgia swimmer Shannon Vreeland, the fourth Olympic gold medalist in the field, posted the fastest time in prelims at 54.24 seconds. Coughlin was next at 54.33, Franklin was fifth at 54.55.

Two Olympic gold medalists, Allison Schmitt and Dana Vollmer, will swim in the consolation final along with Amanda Weir, the American record-holder in the event.

Four of the men’s 100 free qualifiers also own Olympic gold — Nathan Adrian, Anthony Ervin, Matt Grevers and Ryan Lochte. Adrian had the best time at 48.54.