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Torri Huske qualifies for Olympics with American-record time in 100 butterfly at U.S. swimming trials

OMAHA, Neb. -- Teenager Torri Huske qualified for her first Olympics with a blistering victory in the women's 100-meter butterfly, breaking her own American record Monday night at the U.S. swimming trials.

The 18-year-old from Arlington, Virginia, was under world-record pace at the turn, but faded just a bit on the return leg. Still, Huske touched first in 55.66 seconds, breaking the national mark of 55.78 that she set the previous night in the semifinals.

Huske came up short of the world record (55.48) set five years ago by Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom at the Rio Games.

"I don't even know what to do,'' Huske said. "I've been thinking about this a lot. I feel like it hasn't really sunk in. It's really crazy.''

An even younger swimmer, 16-year-old Claire Curzan of Cary, North Carolina, took the expected second spot on the Olympic team at 56.43.

In a sign of an expected changing of the guard on the women's team, the youngsters knocked off 2016 Olympian Kelsi Dahlia, who was known as Kelsi Worrell when she competed in Rio. Dahlia was fourth in 56.80.

Huske is one the swimmers who benefited from an extra year of training when the Tokyo Olympics were postponed a year because of the pandemic. She is set to attend Stanford in the fall.

"I feel like (the one-year delay) really helped me because I was able to work on my strength training,'' Huske said. "I feel like it makes a big difference in my second 50. I tend to fly and die -- how fast can I go out and hang on.''

The spotlight for the second night of the trials was on Katie Ledecky, who was a heavy favorite in the women's 400 freestyle.

The other final Monday was the men's 100 breaststroke. Michael Andrew was the top qualifier after setting a pair of American records in the preliminaries and semifinals.