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Allison Schmitt: Why Schmitt's Elite Prelims Performance Will Carry into Finals

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30:  Allison Schmitt of the United States competes in heat 5 of the Women's 200m Freestyle on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 30, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Shawn BrubakerContributor IIJuly 30, 2012

Allison Schmitt has already had an Olympics to remember, winning her first individual medal in the 400-meter freestyle. The best is yet to come for the young swimmer, though, as she showed in her performance in the 200-meter freestyle prelims.

Schmitt was excellent, finishing second in prelims with a blistering time of one minute, 57.33 seconds.

This was good enough to win her heat and was only a fraction of a second behind the leader.

One thing working in Schmitt's favor is her Olympic experience. As a member of the 2008 team, Schmitt earned a bronze medal as a member of the 4x200 meter relay team.

Most Olympians make a big leap from their first games to their second, and Schmitt has already shown progress from 2008. Since the 200 is her marquee event, Schmitt can be expected to perform even better when the 200 finals are held.

We already know that Schmitt is capable of a much better time than her 1:57:33. In fact, she swam what would have been an Olympic record to qualify for the Olympics, with a 1:54:40.

In the finals, with all of the world's best swimmers in one pool, Schmitt can be expected to swim closer to her qualifying time.

Working in Schmitt's favor is her intense motivation to win due to a few things.

For one, Schmitt is extra motivated to win after the death of her aunt, which is helping her to swim the best races of her life.

She will also gain motivation from the desire to win gold after winning her silver and a bronze, which she won as a member of the 4x100 meter freestyle relay team.

A gold medal would complete her collection. With Schmitt in striking distance for the gold, expect her to swim her best race in the 200.

If she can swim her personal record, Schmitt will be sure to take home the gold.

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