MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Eight West Virginia University men’s and women’s swimmers will compete in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials set to take place at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., from June 25 to July 2.
"It is a great honor to be heading to Omaha for the U.S. Olympic Trials with eight current Mountaineer swimmers,” coach Vic Riggs says. “The Olympic Trials are a celebration of the competitive spirit of athletes that happens every four years, and for us this is a celebration of their hard work, determination, commitment and the sacrifices they have made to be the very best.”
Graduating seniors Taylor Camp, Brad Eichenseer, Bryce Bohman
and Jake Querciagrossa
, and junior Tim Squires
will be representing the men’s side. The women competitors will be senior Rachael Burnett
, junior Danielle Smith
and sophomore Julie Ogden
“Each of these athletes have spent countless hours, weeks, months and even years working to qualify for the Olympic Trials, and we are proud that all of them have achieved this landmark as Mountaineers,” Riggs says. “Outside of competing at the NCAA Championships, this is the biggest meet they will compete in as a member of WVU swimming and diving program.”
The Mountaineers will have swims in each day as all eight swimmers earned their respective Trial cuts while competing for WVU.
“Qualifying eight athletes and having races every day, it says a lot about how far our program has come and the foundation of competitive success we have built,” Riggs says. “It’s a true statement of their desire to compete among the best in the country and in some cases the world. I look forward to the eight days of competition and knowing that each of them will give their best to represent Mountaineer Nation. It is going to be a very exciting week of racing."
Camp will be swimming the 100 fly (53.84), 200 fly (2:00.78) and 100 free (51.05). The 2011 BIG EAST champion in the 100 fly is seeded in the 100 fly (No. 16) and 200 fly (No. 24) events.
The men will be represented in the backstroke by Bohman, who is swimming the 100 back (56.68) and 200 back (2:04.93). He also will compete in the 100 fly (55.07).
Eichenseer and Squires represent the sprinters in the meet, while Querciagrossa will be swimming in the 400 IM (4:28.96). Eichenseer is swimming in the 50 free (23.49), and Squires will swim in the 50 free (23.15) and 100 free (50.97).
Burnett has qualified in four events for the women and is swimming in the 200 free (2:02.65), 400 free (4:13.80), 800 free (8:45.91) and 400 IM (4:52.22). The two-time BIG EAST Most Outstanding Women’s Swimmer of the Year is seeded No. 28 in the 400 free.
Smith is swimming both the 100 back (1:03.63) and 200 back (2:16.44) for the Mountaineers, while Ogden rounds out the field by participating in the 100 fly (1:01.38)
Swimmers with the top 16 times during the preliminary heats will advance to the semifinals. From there, the top eight times in the semifinals move on to the finals with the first- and second-place finishers in the finals qualifying for the 2012 Olympics.
The preliminary swims will be held at 11 a.m. EST, with the finals beginning at 7:45 p.m. EST, each day. NBC will have full coverage of the event as NBC Sports will replay the preliminary sessions each day and NBC will show the finals. The following link provides a full television schedule: http://www.usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=2345&Alias=Rainbow&Lang=en