Emory University rising senior Miller Douglas finished eighth in his heat of the 200-meter butterfly at the Olympic Trials, officially becoming the first Eagle to take part in the meet in the program's history.
Douglas's time of 2:04.88 was good for a 104th-place finish out of the 139 swimmers in the event at the meet. Because his time fell outside of the top-16 marks recorded during the preliminaries of the event, he did not qualify for the semifinals later in the day on Wednesday.
Douglas touched the wall in fifth place in his heat after his first lap with a time of 27.77 seconds, and improved to fourth place with a time of 58.74 after 100 meters. He fell back to fifth at the 150-meter mark with a time of 1:30.92, before eventually finishing eighth in the heat.
In his first season with the Eagles in 2011-12, Douglas finished second in Division III in the 200-yard butterfly, third in the 400-yard individual medley, and ninth in the 200-yard individual medley. He also earned all-America certificates as a member of the 800-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relays.
Emory's other Olympic hopeful, recent graduate Claire Pavlak, will compete in the preliminaries of the 50-meter freestyle during the morning session on Sunday, July 1st.