Rebecca Soni & Amanda Beard Qualify in Women's 200m Breaststroke

July 05, 2008, 12:44 p.m. (ET)

Rebecca Soni turned in the second-fastest time of the year in the women's 200m breast and missed the American record held by Amanda Beard by 16-hundredths of a second.

She led the race from start to finish and was a hundredth of a second ahead of world-record pace at 100 meters. She finished about two body-lengths ahead of the rest of the field, leaving the rest to fight for second place.

The second spot went to Beard, the defending Olympic gold medalist in 2:25.13. Beard has now qualified for four Olympic teams in this event.

"You never get used to this," Beard said. "I'm pumped. Not a lot of people expected me to make this team. I knew I could make it, but I knew it was a long shot. I haven't had a lot of training under my belt, and I'm not feeling 100 percent, but fortunately, it worked out fine. I think my experience really helped me out here.