Sports briefs: Blake Worsley places 12th in Sweden |

Sports briefs: Blake Worsley places 12th in Sweden

Steamboat swimmer misses final World Cup qualifying spot

Luke Graham

— Blake Worsley finished 12th in the 200-meter freestyle Wednesday at the Fina World Cup in Stockholm, failing to make the finals.

Worsley, a 2005 Steamboat Springs High School graduate, made Tuesday's finals in the 400 freestyle, finishing eighth.

Wednesday's time of 1 minute, 45.40 seconds was less than a second away from a finals qualifying spot.

Worsley said he recently changed coaches and clubs and used the meet to see where he was with his endurance and fitness.

"I am working on reshaping my freestyle and have made many small adjustments that need some fine tuning," he wrote in an e-mail. "I think I am adapting very well to the technique changes, and I am looking forward to some solid improvements at the end of the season. I am glad that I have the opportunity to represent Canada in the World Cup and look forward to my next stop in Berlin later this week."

After qualifying for the Canadian Nation Team in July, Worsley has been swimming at international events. Worsley graduated from the University of Denver in May and hopes to make the Olympic Games in 2012.

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