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Indiana swimmers impress as eight more punch tickets to Paris

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - JUNE 19: Alex Shackell of the United States competes in the Women's 200m butterfly semifinal on Day Five of the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials at Lucas Oil Stadium on June 19, 2024 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Wednesday was another record-breaking night at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials. Lucas Oil Stadium was full with 22,209 fans in attendance — a number that shattered the record set Saturday night by nearly 2,000.

In the pool, eight new swimmers punched their tickets to Paris after five finals — the most in a single night from the nine-day event.

This highlight of the night was Matt Fallon’s win in the men’s 200-meter breaststroke. The New Jersey native set a new American record at 2:06.54.

“It doesn’t feel real yet,” Fallon said after his win. “Honestly, I could be dreaming right now, and I wouldn’t know… Just still feels surreal.”

For the Hoosier State swimmers, Notre Dame’s Chris Guiliano secured a spot in a second event in Paris. Guiliano was already set to compete in the men’s 200-meter freestyle, but added the 100-meter freestyle Wednesday after winning the championship event. Guiliano will be joined by Jack Alexy, Caeleb Dressel and Hunter Armstrong for the 4x100m relay team.

IU alum and two-time Olympic gold medalist Lilly King finished with the second-best time in the women’s 200-meter breaststroke semifinals. She will compete next to now two-time Olympian Kate Douglass in the finals on Thursday night.

In the women’s 200-meter butterfly, Carmel High School’s Alex Shackell posted the second-best time with 2:06.10, 1.19 seconds behind three-time Olympic medalist Regan Smith — who still holds the American record for the event. Smith already secured her spot for the Summer Olympics after setting a new world record in the 100-meter backstroke Tuesday night.

Shackell is looking to join her brother Aaron in Paris — who is heading to his first Olympic Games after winning the Men’s 400-meter freestyle Saturday night. Both Aaron and Alex’s father Nick was a two-time Olympic swimmer for Great Britain.

Elsewhere, Douglass, Torri Huske, Gretchen Walsh and Simone Manuel all qualified for the Olympics in the women’s 100-meter freestyle final. Walsh was already heading to Paris thanks to her performance in the 100-meter butterfly championship on Sunday.

In the men’s 200-meter butterfly, Thomas Heilman becomes a first-time Olympian, winning that final with a 1:54.50 time.

Seven-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky — who is heading to her fourth Olympic Games — added another event to her Paris trip after dominating the women’s 1500-meter freestyle marathon.

Thursday’s primetime events include three finals (women’s 200-meter butterfly, men’s 200-meter backstroke and women’s 200-meter breaststroke) and three semifinals (men’s 50-meter freestyle, women’s 200-meter breaststroke and men’s 200-meter medley). All the action starts at 8 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium.