Salcutan Touches 11th Overall
Tatiana Salcutan of Moldova was the only Cardinal swimmer from the women's side to make it as far as the semifinals in this year's Olympic Games. Cardinal fans will remember that there was a time that Louisville swimmers were among the top of the charts in these events with Kelsi Worrell and Mallory Comerford, but both slipped from the show this year for Team USA. Salcutan's main event was 200M backstroke, in which she advanced to yesterday's semifinals.
Unfortunately, that was as far as Tatiana would go in Tokyo. Her 2:10.09 was a bit off the pace set by the leaders, as the top three (two Americans and an Aussie) set times within two tenths of each other; the winning time being a 2:07.09. Salcutan's time placed her 11th between the two semifinal heats, with the top eight advancing for an opportunity to chase gold in the final.
Only a sophomore, Salcutan will continue to light up the pool at Ralph Wright in the backstroke, as a semifinal ending is nothing to slouch at in the Olympics. Worrell and Comerford did most of their best work in the final stages of their UofL careers or after graduating completely. We may see another Cardinal standing on a podium in Paris in 2024.
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That's all there is today. It's been a fairly uneventful week for Louisville as teams get ready for the calendar to turn to August and the fall sports season to officially begin. We'll cover the UofL happenings throughout the week, as there was plenty of news, as well as some more Olympic talk on today's episode of the Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast. Last week's experiment went pretty well with our new setup, so we'll hope to continue that to bring you all the best show that we can. As always, you can check out the live stream of the show by going to the Cardinal Couple YouTube page and clicking on the live video. Jeff usually creates that about an hour before the show, which officially starts at 11 AM Eastern. If the live time doesn't work for you, there are plenty of playback options, so be sure to check out whichever is best for you!
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