June 21, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Six University of Wyoming swimmers will compete at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb., beginning Monday, June 25 and continuing to the following Monday, July 2. Leading the UW contingent to the trials are Brandon Fischer, who will compete in three events, and Kelsey Conci, who will compete in two events.
"We are excited about the quality and number of people we have going to the trials this year," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "We set our target at six to eight and we hit six so we feel pretty good about that. It means a lot to our program to have this many kids going."
Fischer, who recently completed his UW career and will swim in his second Olympic trials, will swim in the 100 and 200-meter breaststroke as well as the 200 individual medley. He qualified for the meet at the 2011 Senior Sectionals meet. He enters the meet with the 36th fastest 200 breast time of 2:16.53 (all times listed are long course meter times) and 52nd fastest 100 breast time (1:03.64). He ranks 123rd entering the trials in the 200 IM with a time of 2:06.47.
Conci, who also completed her stellar UW career in 2012, will swim the 100 backstroke and 50 freestyle. She qualified for the meet in the summer of 2011 at the Senior National Meet. She enters the meet with the 18th-fastest time in the 100 back with a time of 1:01.77. Her 100 back time is two-seconds behind the fastest seeded swimmer. Her 50 free time of 26.37 ranks 150th at the trials.
"I feel like Kelsey is our best chance to make the team," Johnson said. "She has really started to pop this week. She is in a very tough 100 back event with a number of great swimmers. I think she can get in the top 16 to make a semifinal and even make her way into the top eight for a final. If she makes the finals anything can happen."
Wyoming will also have four other returning swimmers compete at the trials. Junior Morgan Hartigan will swim the women's 100 breaststroke after qualifying at the 2011 U.S. Senior Regionals. Hartigan enters the meet with the 117th fastest 100 breast time of 1:11.88.
Senior Trevor LeValley is UW's most recent qualifier to the trials in the 400 IM after picking up the cut time at 2012 Mutual of Omaha Swimvitational. He has the 99th fastest 400 IM time of 4:29.91.
Junior Jayce Calhoon will compete in the 200 backstroke after qualifying at the Mountain West Long Course time trial meet. He enters the meet with the 78th fastest time of 2:04.35.
Sophomore Jordan Turner will swim the 200 IM after qualifying at the 2011 Junior Nationals. He also is in the top 100 of his event with the 97th fastest time of 2:06.02.
"We hope this can be a building block for Morgan, Trevor, Jayce and Jordan who are still in our program," Johnson said. "It can help them going into next season to win conference championships and make it to the NCAAs."
To advance to the U.S. Olympic Swim team and compete in the 2012 Olympic Games the competitors must make the top two of their respective event.
A complete list of events can be found by clicking here:
The trials live results can also be followed by clicking here:
The U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials can be seen on the NBC Sports Networks. NBC can be seen on channel 8 for Direct TV customers and channel 9/509 for Optimum customers in Laramie. The NBC Sports Network can be seen on channel 603 for Direct TV customers and 146 for Optimum customers. Please check your local listings or channel guide for specific times. The following is a list times and channels to view the trials.
June 25-Preliminaries 4:30-6 p.m. MT (NBC Sports Network); Finals 6-7 p.m. MT (NBC)
June 26-Preliminaries 4:30-6 p.m. MT (NBC Sports Network); Finals 6-7 p.m. MT (NBC)
June 27-Preliminaries 5-6 p.m. MT (NBC Sports Network); Finals 6-7 p.m. MT (NBC)
June 28-Preliminaries 2:30-3:30 p.m. MT (NBC Sports Network); Finals 6-7 p.m. MT (NBC)
June 29-Preliminaries 2:30-4 p.m. MT (NBC Sports Network); Finals 6-7 p.m. MT (NBC)
June 30-Preliminaries 4:30-6 p.m. MT (NBC Sports Network); Finals 6-7 p.m. MT (NBC)
July 1-Preliminaries 4-5 p.m. MT (NBC Sports Network); Finals 6-7 p.m. MT (NBC)
July 2-No Preliminaries; Finals 6-6:30 p.m. MT (No TV)