Knoxville's Tarwater 200 meters from Beijing

July 1, 2008

Omaha (WVLT) -- Davis Tarwater is oh-so-close to making the United States Olympic team.

200 meters to be exact.

The Knoxville native will head into the finals of the 200 meter butterfly as the #2 seed. American swimming sensation Michael Phelps is the top seed in the event.

A 2002 graduate of Webb School, Tarwater posted a time of 1 minute, 54.72 seconds in Tuesday night's semifinal heat. That time was .70 behind Phelps.

When the finals of the 200 meter fly are swam Wednesday night, if Tarwater finishes first or second, he'll make his first Olympic team. He narrowly missed making the team in the 200 meter butterfly in 2004.

Tarwater was a 13-time all-American while attending the University of Michigan. He was the national champion in the 200 meter fly in both 2005 and 2006.

Tarwater will also be competing in the 100 meter butterfly. The first heats in that event begin Friday, July 4th.

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