Jun 26, 2013 8:43 PM by Andrew Masuda
Orcutt native Josh Prenot reached the medal podium in his first event at the Phillips 66 USA Swimming Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana on Wednesday.
The 19 year old, who just finished his freshman year at California, finished fifth in the men's 200 LC meter breaststroke final. He finished in 2:12.23. American record holder Kevin Cordes finished first with the best time in the world this season of 2:08.34.
Prenot posted the fourth best time in the morning's preliminary heats to qualify for the "A' final along with other top collegiate and professional athletes.
He finished 10th in the semifinals last year in the event at the U.S. Olympic Trials when he also set a National Age Group record.
Prenot has three more events at Nationals. He'll compete in the 400 individual medley on Thursday, along with Olympic star Ryan Lochte. Prenot won the Pac 12 title in the 400 IM and finished fourth in the event at the NCAA Championships for the national champion Golden Bears.
Friday, the Orcutt native will swim in the 100 breaststroke and on Saturday he'll be in the 200 IM.
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