A young fan stopped Josh Prenot on his way into CenturyLink Center for the U.S. Olympic swimming trials Thursday.
The girl called him Chuck. That didn’t work. She tried Adam. Nope.
“She eventually got to the correct one,” Prenot said.
Whatever anonymity surrounded the 22-year-old physics major from Cal vanished a few hours later. In his final opportunity to qualify for the Olympics at these trials, Prenot surged past Kevin Cordes in the final seconds to claim the 200-meter breaststroke.
Prenot finished in 2 minutes 7.17 seconds, the second-fastest time in history, only a tenth of a second off the world record set by Japan’s Akihiro Yamaguchi in...