Swimmer Breeja Larson advances to final in 100-meter breaststroke

By Brian Murphy
bmurphy@idahostatesman.com

American swimmer Breeja Larson, who attended Centennial High for one year, advanced to the final of the 100-meter breaststroke at the London Olympics on Sunday. She qualified fourth for the final with a time of 1 minutes, 6.70 seconds.

Fellow American Rebecca Soni qualified second for the final with a time of 1:05.78. Lithuania's Ruta Meilutyte qualified first in 1:05.21.

Larson was a surprise Olympic qualifier. She beat Soni and world record holder Jessica Hardy in the U.S. Olympic Trials to earn her spot on the team.

The 100-meter breaststroke final is Monday.

For more on Larson and her journey to the Olympics, click here.

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Congrats to all the USA

swimmers....

The Olympics have been good and fun to watch....

Hope Larson does well on Monday, as well as all USA swim team....

Larson-Idaho?

Why is anyone claiming ties to this Larson for spending a year in high school here? She is no different than any other athlete in the Olympics. Next we will hear: "Phelps who stayed at the Holiday Inn in Boise overnight when he was a kid has strong ties to Boise" Heck we are still hearing "former Idaho Sneaker, Andy Roddick" for heavens sake drop it. Their success has nothing to do with Idaho.