Cal sophomore swimmer Anthony Ervin qualified for the finals of the 50 meter freestyle at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, recording the third-best time in the qualifying heats.
Ervin, who burst on the national scene this past spring while swimming for Cal and winning the NCAA 50- and 100-yard events, posted a time of 22.l3 while finishing second in his semi-final heat behind fellow American Gary Hall Jr.
Ervin won his earlier qualifying heat with a time of 22.24.
Ervin has the capability of swimming a much faster time in the finals as he posted a 21.80 time in the U.S. Olympic Trials this past summer. He became only the fifth swimmer in the world to go under 22.00 in that race.
He is expected to re-enroll at Cal this January for the spring semester after taking the fall semester off from school to participate in the Olympic Games.