Swimming: WVU Completes U.S. Olympic Trials

  • By Grant Dovey
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  • June 30, 2012 02:55 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Two lifetime-best swims highlighted the final day of competition at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials for the WVU swimming teams on Saturday afternoon at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.

“The Mountaineers competed at a level few other college programs were able to do at this meet,” coach Vic Riggs says. “Considering these eight individuals didn’t have the opportunity to train long course for the biggest meet in their lives, it was outstanding.”

Graduating senior Brad Eichenseer and junior Tim Squires opened up the preliminary round with swims in the 50 free. Eichenseer finished the race with a time of 23.64 for 119th place, while Squires finished 44th overall in a time of 23.08.

Senior Rachael Burnett swam in her fourth event of the Trials, the 800 free, and had her best result of the meet. Burnett swam to a 17th-place finish in a time of 8:42.56.

“Tim and Rachael has lifetime-best swims and the rest of the team had best preliminary times,” Riggs says.

Graduating senior Taylor Camp and senior Bryce Bohman closed the meet for the men with swims in the 100 free. Camp took 39th place in a time of 54.36, and Bohman finished 83rd in 55.12.

“It took some great championship final swims to make this meet, and for us to be nearly 100 percent best preliminary times and be among the best collegiate teams here is outstanding, “Riggs says. “These Mountaineers did a great job representing WVU and West Virginia."

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