June 22, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.-- Nineteen Purdue swimmers -- 10 men and nine women -- have qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials where they will compete, over an eight-day span beginning June 25, for a chance to achieve the ultimate goal of qualifying for the Olympic Games.
The U.S. Olympic Team Trials are set for June 25 through July 2 at the Century Link Center in Omaha, Neb. The Olympic Trials were also held in Omaha in 2008. The attendance of more than 160,000 swimming fans at the 2008 Trials (over the 15 total sessions) was a new record for the event.
Representing the Boilermakers at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials includes, from the women's program: Sarah Boylen (100 fly), Colleen Drew (200 back), Emily Fogle (100 and 200 breast), Megan Gallagher (800 free), Kristen Gilson (200 back), Lauren Gustafson (50 and 100 free), Caitlin Hamilton (400 and 800 free), Ariel Martin (50, 100 and 200 free) and Lauren Roth (200 free); and from the men's program: Chuck Destro (50 free), Matt Friede (50 and 100 free), Wyatt Hodges (100 and 200 breast), Brian Kiel (100 and 200 back), Jacob McGough (200 IM), Albert Miller (100 and 200 breast), Luke Trimmer (400 free), Danny Tucker (50 and 100 free), Ben Wachtel (50 and 100 free) and Ben Ziolkowski (50 free).
The Purdue contingent will be representing the Boilermaker Aquatics Swim Club while being coached by John Klinge, Dan Ross, J Agnew and Erica Janssen. McGough will be representing his hometown Clovis Swim Club from the Fresno, Calif., area.
Throughout the U.S. Olympic Trials, Boilermaker All-Access at PurdueSports.com will present video features of many of the swimmers that qualified for Trials. The schedule of video features will be geared to highlight the swimmers competing in the upcoming 24-48 hours.
The schedule for the U.S. Olympic Trials features preliminary heats in the morning beginning at 11 a.m. ET. The top 16 qualifiers in an event advance to the semifinals and the event final features the top eight competitors. Those races are part of the evening finals, which begin daily at 7:45 p.m. ET. There are three to five events scheduled for each morning of preliminary heats. In many instances, the finals of those events will be held the following night.
NBC and the NBC Sports Network will have daily live television coverage of the evening finals. Live video webcasts of the morning preliminaries will also be available via USASwimming.org. Click HERE for the full TV and webcast schedule.
With over 100 swimmers having qualified for many of the events, there should be 10 or more preliminary heats for most events in the morning sessions.
Most national and international competitions feature long course meter (LCM) events. College swim meets feature short course yards (SCY) events. LCM meets feature longer lengths of the pool (50 meters vs. 25 yards) and therefore fewer turns. To qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials, swimmers had to finish an event below an established standard time at a sanctioned LCM meet. Times posted at college SCY meets are not eligible for Trials qualification.
The final weekend of March, Boilermaker Aquatics hosted a USA Swimming Grand Prix at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. More than 300 swimmers competed with the goal of qualifying for the Trials or improving on their time.
Purdue will be represented by at least one swimmer in every morning session of the Trials. With multiple Boilers qualifying for three of the four events scheduled for Saturday, June 30, nine different Purdue swimmers are expected to compete on the sixth day of the national meet.
Five Boilers qualified for the men's 50 free, the most of any event. Other events featuring multiple Purdue swimmers includes: women's 50, 100 and 200 free, men's 100 free, men's 100 and 200 breast, women's 200 back, and women's 800 free.
Event Schedule & Purdue Qualifiers
Preliminary Heats at 11 a.m. ET; Semifinals & Finals at 7:45 p.m. ET
Many event finals are held on the following night, check the full schedule HERE
Saturday, June 30
Men's 50m Free: Chuck Destro, Matt Friede, Danny Tucker, Ben Wachtel & Ben Ziolkowski
Women's 800m Free: Caitlin Hamilton & Megan Gallagher
Men's 100m Fly
Women's 200m Back: Colleen Drew & Kristen Gilson