Fischer, competing in a field of 129 swimmers, posted a time of 2:16.12 in the event. Fischer, who is taking part in his second Olympic Trials, will have a chance to redeem himself today when he swims in the prelims of the men's 200-meter individual medley.
Meanwhile, UNLV junior Brandon Meier, who was also competing in the prelims of men's 200-meter breaststroke, placed 73rd overall (2:20.21), while Boise State junior Rachel Heaney finished eighth in her heat (2:19.47) and placed 107th in the prelims of the women's 200-meter butterfly.
The swimmers with the top 16 times in the preliminary heats advance to the semifinals. From there, the top eight finishers in the semis move on to the finals, with the first- and second-place finishers qualifying for the 2012 Olympics in London (July 22-August 12).
The following MW athletes will be competing in preliminary heats through Sunday, July 1. The meet concludes on Monday, July 2, with finals in the women's 50-meter freestyle and men's 1500-meter freestyle.
Today: In addition to Fischer taking part in the men's 200-meter individual medley, Boise State's Amber Boucher and Stephanie North will compete in the women's 100-meter freestyle, while Bronco teammate Chelsea Miller will swim the prelims of the women's 200-meter breaststroke. Miller will be joined in the event by sophomore Kim Davis of Air Force, the first female swimmer in Academy history to compete in the Olympic Trials, UNLV's recently graduated Marley Prothero and San Diego State senior Katelyn Weddle. Wyoming sophomore Jordan Turner while join Fischer in the men's 200 individual medley, while Cowboys junior Jaycee Calhoun will compete in the prelims of the men's 200 backstroke.
Saturday, June 30: Senior Cody Roberts, the UNLV and MW record holder in the event, will compete in the men's 100-meter fly, while San Diego State senior Leona Jennings and UNLV senior Dannica Brennan will swim in the prelims of the women's 200-meter backstroke.
Sunday, July 1: Boise State's Amber Boucher and Stephanie North will be joined in the prelims of the women's 50-meter freestyle by SDSU senior Leona Jennings, UNLV junior Rachel Dixon and former Wyoming standout Kelsey Conci.