OMAHA, Neb. -- Brendan Hansen and Eric Shanteau were the favorites. The race was a different matter.
In a major upset, San Jose native Scott Weltz won the 200-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials Friday night, leaving Hansen and Shanteau with only one individual event at the London Games.
On a night when Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps were focused on getting through semifinal races, Nathan Adrian won the 100 freestyle and Cullen Jones claimed the second spot for London, and Natalie Coughlin barely survived her last chance to make it back to the Olympics.
"My whole body was kind of tingling and I was like, 'I'm feeling it and something is different, this is the time,' " said Weltz, who attended Bellarmine Prep and UC Davis. "I was smiling behind the blocks, I wasn't nervous. I felt great going into it."
Clark Burckle claimed the second spot on the Olympic team, another big surprise. Shanteau finished third and Hansen faded to fourth, which means they'll have to settle for swimming only the 100 breast in London after going 1-2 in that event at the trials.
Weltz, 25, moved up on the third lap and surged to the finish to win in 2 minutes, 9.01 seconds. Burckle was next in 2:09.97, edging Shanteau with the touch.
Adrian, a former Cal swimmer, was a big favorite in the 100 free, and this race went as expected. The 23-year-old led at the flip and never let up on the return lap, winning clearly in
Cal grad Coughlin hung on in her quest to make it back to a third Olympics and take a shot at tying Jenny Thompson and Dara Torres as the most decorated female Olympians in U.S. history. Coughlin won six medals in Beijing and has 11 overall, one shy of Thompson and Torres.
Having already missed out in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, Coughlin is down to her final realistic chance in the 100 freestyle. She barely got out of the semifinals, finishing sixth in her heat but seventh overall to qualify for Saturday night's final, which will include three other former Cal swimmers: Dana Vollmer, Madison Kennedy and Jessica Hardy.
Eight swimmers made it to the 100 free finals; six will move on to London. The top two will swim for the U.S. in individual competition, and the other four will fill out the relay squad.
Moraga's Kim Vandenberg, Coughlin's training partner the past year, missed making the Olympics by one spot in the 200 butterfly. She was a little more than a second behind second-place Kathleen Hersey.
Incoming Cal freshman Jacob Pebley and Cal graduate David Russell advanced to the finals of men's 200 backstroke. Pebley had the fourth-fastest qualifying time, Russell the seventh.
Cal's Ben Hinshaw of Palo Alto was 11th and didn't advance in the 200 individual medley, in which Lochte and Phelps advanced with the fastest two times.
Bay Area News Group contributed to this report.