Crestwood graduate Bridget Franek won her heat and had the second best time in the semifinals of the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore.

Franek, representing the Nike/Oregon Track Club Elite, ran 9:44.05 to qualify for the final, with Emma Coburn from Colorado recording the top time of 9:43.19.


Firestone graduate and 2004 and 2008 Olympian Mark Gangloff, the United States record-holder, turned in the third-best time of the day in his 100-meter breast stroke heat (1:00.43) to advance to Monday night’s semifinals at the Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb.

The final is today.

Walsh Jesuit graduate Sean Murphy finished 55th in the event with a time of 1:03.82.

Katie Miller, who will be a senior at Firestone, finished 40th in the 400-meter individual medley with a time of 4:52.39.

Danielle Marghere , who will be a Walsh Jesuit senior, and Green graduate Laura Lindsay will compete in the 100-meter breast stroke today. Lindsay will compete in the 200-meter breast stroke on Friday.

Gangloff will also compete in the 200-meter breast stroke on Thursday and the 200 individual medley on Friday.


Caleb Porter, the coach of the University of Akron’s men’s soccer team, was selected as the 2012 Greater Akron Chamber’s “30 for the Future” recipient, the organization announced.

The “30 for the Future” award honors young professionals ages 25-39 whose stellar contributions impact their industries and the Greater Akron Region.

“I’m honored to receive this award as Northeast Ohio and the Greater Akron Community are very special to me and my family,” Porter said.

Porter will be honored 5 p.m. Sept. 24 at the ceremony and dinner at the Kent State Student Center.

Since becoming the sixth coach in Akron history, Porter owns a career mark of 105-17-14 and led this Zips to back-to-back Division I national championship games, winning the school’s only national title in 2010.

— Staff report