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Swim and dive: Aikins finishes seventh in 200 back at Olympic Trials
Jack Aikins
Jack Aikins competes in the 200 backstroke preliminaries Thursday at the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials in Omaha, Neb. Michelle Bishop for the Forsyth County News

OMAHA, Neb. — Jack Aikins finished seventh in the 200 backstroke finals Friday night at the U.S. Olympic Trials, marking the West Forsyth grad's highest finish at the national qualifier. 

Aikins posted a 1:57.90 in the 200 back, nearly three seconds faster than his qualifying time of 2:00.77. It was an impressive showing for Aikins — the youngest swimmer in the finals — who came to the Trials with the 30th-fastest qualifying time in the 200 back. 

Ryan Murphy [25] Bryce Mefford [22] finished first and second, respectively, to qualify for next month's Tokyo Games. 

Aikins reached the 200 back finals after swimming a 1:57.50 and finishing fifth in the semifinals. Aikins led the race by 0.26 seconds after the first 100 meters, posting 50-meter splits of 27.23 and 28.95.

Aikins also had a 12th-place finish in the 100 back semifinals earlier this week. He finished 36th in the 100 free on Wednesday, then finished 37th in the 50 free on Saturday to conclude an impressive debut at the Trials.