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Mormon swimmer Breeja Larson going to London Olympic Games

Our take: This ESPN article by the Associated Press describes Breeja Larson's upset victory in the 100-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials to earn a spot on Team USA. Larson, a sophomore at Texas A&M, is a member of the LDS Church.

OMAHA, Neb. — Breeja Larson's face said it all. First she looked confused, then startled and, finally, shocked.

The Texas A&M sophomore had just edged world champion Rebecca Soni to win the 100-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials and earn herself a ticket to London.

Larson won in 1 minute, 5.92 seconds Wednesday night, with Soni closing quickly in 1:05.99 to take the second spot on the U.S. team.

Jessica Hardy missed out by finishing third in 1:06.53.

Larson squinted at the overhead scoreboard, her mouth agape, trying to figure out what had happened while nearly 13,000 fans roared.

"I saw about three people (listed). I was like, 'Which one is it?'" she said. "I heard him announce my name a couple times. I was like, 'That must be a good thing.'"

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