Hoelzer sets world record in women's 200 back

U.S. Swimming Olympic Trials - Day Seven
Winner Margaret Hoelzer and second place finisher Elizabeth Beisel celebrate after the final of the 200 meter backstroke during the U.S. Swimming Olympic Trials in Omaha. Hoelzier won and set a new world record of 2:06.09. Al Bello / Getty Images
/ Source: The Associated Press

Margaret Hoelzer has set the ninth world record of the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, winning the 200-meter backstroke in 2 minute, 6.09 seconds.

The 25-year-old got a great surge off the wall heading into her third lap, then closed strong to beat the record of 2:06.39 set by Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry in February.

Fifteen-year-old Elizabeth Beisel, a rising star in American swimming, rallied to take the second berth on the U.S. Olympic team in 2:06.92. Hayley McGregory finished third again, matching her finish in the 100 back and denying her a berth on the U.S. team.