LA JOLLA, Calif. - Eight swimmers from UC San Diego are set to compete at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, which will be held June 25 through July 2 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb. Since 2000, UCSD has had at least one swimmer race at the Olympic Trials, with this year's contingent being the largest in program history.
Five men and three women are heading to Omaha, including Matt Herman, Nick Korth, Jacob Lammott, Adam Rice, Dane Stassi, Emily Adamczyk, Eva Chen and Alex Henley. The Tritons will be competing in a total of 11 events with three swimmers qualified for two events each.
"We are fired up to be bringing eight Tritons to the Trials, the most we have ever had," said UCSD co-head coach Corrie Falcon. "This is an incredible honor for our student-athletes and a true reflection of their dedication and hours spent in the pool. This experience will give them confidence at future competitions, knowing that they have raced at nearly the highest level possible."
Adamczyk, a junior, will swim in the 200 breaststroke after qualifying for the Trials almost a full year ago at the Los Angeles Invitational with a time of 2:35.21, .78 seconds under the standard (2:35.99). In 2012, the CoSIDA Academic All-American captured a national title in the event at the NCAA Championships, setting a school record in the process.
Chen earned her Trials qualifying time in the 100 breaststroke before becoming a Triton. Competing for PEAK Swimming in last summer's U.S. Championships, she clocked a 1:11.91 in the event, besting the standard of 1:12.19. Chen recently completed her freshman year at UCSD.
Henley will compete in a pair of events at the Trials - the 200 backstroke and the 400 individual medley. The three-time national champion, who graduated a week ago, qualified for the 200 back at the U.S. Championships in July of 2011, finishing in 2:15.75, more than two seconds below the standard (2:17.99). At the Speedo Grand Challenge this past May, Henley swam a 4:55.58 in the 400 IM, edging the Trial standard by .31 (4:55.89). She owns six UCSD records (200 freestyle, 200 butterfly, 100 back, 200 back, 200 IM, 400 IM).
At the 2011 U.S. Championships, Herman, also a recent graduate, qualified to race in the 1500 freestyle in Omaha after posting a time of 15:51.50, toppling the standard (15:53.59) by more than two seconds. He won national championships in the 1000 and 1650 freestyles as a junior in 2011 and is UCSD's record holder in both events.
The second Triton to qualify for two events at the Trials, Korth will swim in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. The sophomore secured his qualifying times last summer, with a 2:19.95 in the 200 breast at the U.S. Championships and a 1:03.90 in the 100 breast at the Fran Crippen Meet of Champions. The standard times for those events are 2:20.79 and 1:04.69, respectively. As a freshman in 2011, Korth won a national title in the 200 breast at the NCAA Championships. He holds UCSD records in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes.
Lammott was one of two latecomers to UCSD's Olympic Trials squad, earning his qualifying time at last weekend's California STAR Aquatics Splash Down BRW Long Course meet. The junior swam the 200 breaststroke in 2:20.47, beating the qualifying standard of 2:20.79.
Along with Lammott, Rice was the other late addition to the Triton group headed for Omaha. The junior qualified for two events at the Splash Down meet, clocking in at 55.28 in the 100 butterfly and 2:05.61 in the 200 IM. In the 100 fly, Rice beat the qualifying time by just one one-hundredth of a second (55.29), while in the 200 IM he came in nearly a full second under the standard (2:06.59). At the 2012 NCAA Championships, Rice set UCSD records in the 200 and 400 individual medleys.
To round out UCSD's Olympic Trials contingent, Stassi will compete in the 200 butterfly. The freshman recorded a 2:02.00 at the 2012 Speedo Grand Challenge, coming in almost two seconds faster than the qualifying time of 2:03.99.
"We are incredibly proud to have eight Tritons at the fastest meet in the world," said UCSD co-head coach Matt Macedo. "Gaining experience at a meet of this caliber will surely help prepare them for future NCAA Championships and challenging situations they may face in the work force and in their personal lives."
The Trials kick off Monday, June 25, with the men's 400 IM, 400 free and 100 breast and the women's 100 fly and 400 IM. Prelims begin at 8 a.m. with semifinals and finals starting at 4:45 p.m. (PT).
For complete information about the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - including schedule and television/webcast details - visit USA Swimming's official site.
The 2012 Summer Olympic Games will be held in London from July 27 through Aug. 12.
|UCSD Olympic Trials Schedule|
|Emily Adamczyk||200 Breaststroke||Friday, June 29/Saturday June 30|
|Eva Chen||100 Breaststroke||Tuesday, June 26/Wednesday June 27|
|Alex Henley||400 Individual Medley||Monday, June 25|
|200 Backstroke||Saturday, June 30/Sunday, July 1|
|Matt Herman||1500 Freestyle||Sunday, July 1/Monday, July 2|
|Nick Korth||100 Breaststroke||Monday, June 25/Tuesday, June 26|
|200 Breaststroke||Thursday, June 28/Friday, June 29|
|Jacob Lammott||200 Breaststroke||Thursday, June 28/Friday, June 29|
|Adam Rice||200 Individual Medley||Friday, June 29/Saturday, June 30|
|100 Butterfly||Saturday, June 30/Sunday, July 1|
|Dane Stassi||200 Butterfly||Wednesday, June 27/Thursday, June 28|
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