Bahamas Swimming Sensation Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace Makes Finals

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First Bahamian to ever make an Olympic Swimming Final

Arianna Makes the Finals in the Women's 50m Freestyle!!!

Auburn’s Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace (Bahamas), Texas A&M’s Alia Atkinson (Jamaica), Georgia’s Kara Lynn Joyce (USA), Alabama’s Arlene Semeco (Venezuela), and Florida’s Sarah Bateman (Iceland) all compete in this event at 5:00 am.

Vanderpool-Wallace advanced to the semis with a time of 24.85. Joyce and Bateman made up the majority of a three-way tie for the last spot in the finals at 25.28, but Great Britain’s Amy Smith won the swim-off.

Atkinson (fourth in heat, 25.98) and Semeco (third in heat, 25.56) did not advance.

Vanderpool-Wallace was third in her semifinal heat at 24.64, good enough to make the finals.

The medal round is Saturday at 2:30 pm.