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Brookwood grad Mangimelli makes semis at Olympic Trials

OMAHA, Neb. — While Eric Shanteau and Amanda Weir are considered Gwinnett County's best hopes at this week's U.S. Olympic Trials, another local swimmer made her mark Wednesday morning.

Brookwood grad Jana Mangimelli, who swims for Georgia, finished seventh in the women's 200-meter individual medley preliminaries and earned a spot in Wednesday night's semifinals. If she finishes in the top eight in the semis, she gets a spot in Thursday's final with an Olympic berth on the line.

"I was really surprised about how well I was doing," Mangimelli said. "I felt really good about how I did."

Mangimelli swam the 200 IM in 2 minutes, 14.58 seconds. The race is one of three Trials events for the 2008 and 2009 Daily Post swimmer of the year, who is competing in familiar territory.

Born in Omaha, Mangimelli swam for Jack Jackson's Omaha Suburban Aquatic Club before her family moved to Gwinnett in 2000. She is in her second appearance at Olympic Trials.

"I'm four years older and I just feel a lot better," said Mangimelli, who trained in Gwinnett with SwimAtlanta.