LONDON (KXAN) - Pflugerville's Micah Lawrence advanced to the finals of the 200-meter breaststroke at the Olympics after swimming the sixth fastest time of the semifinals Wednesday in London.
Lawrence – competing in her first Olympics – finished third in the first of two semifinal races, touching the wall with a time of 2 minutes, 23.39 seconds. The top eight times qualified for Thursday's final. American Rebecca Soni's time of 2 minutes, 20 seconds set a world-record in the second semifinal.
Lawrence swam in the lane beside Soni - considered the gold-medal favorite - in the morning heats and posted a time of 2 minutes, 24.50 seconds to qualify fourth for the semifinals.
"It's a little nerve racking coming in and sitting in that ready room, having never been there before. But you just have to prepare yourself mentally for that," she said following the morning swim.
Lawrence grew up in Pflugerville and swam for Auburn before taking a leave from school and relocating to Charlotte in order to train full time for the Olympics.
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