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Brookwood's Mangimelli reaches finals at Olympic Trials

OMAHA, Neb. — University of Georgia rising senior Jana Mangimelli, a Brookwood grad, reached the finals of the women's 200-meter individual medley at the U.S. Olympic Trials on Wednesday night.

Mangimelli had the sixth-best time of the 16 swimmers in the two semifinal heats with a clocking of 2 minutes, 13.48 seconds. The 2008 and 2009 Daily Post swimmer of the year lowered the 2:14.58 she swam earlier Wednesday in preliminaries. She had the seventh-best time after preliminaries.

Caitlin Leverenz, who swims collegiately for California, posted the top 200 IM time in the semifinals at 2:10.51.

The top eight qualifiers will swim Thursday night in the finals, with the top two finishers earning berths to this summer's Olympics in London.

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