July 2, 2012
OMAHA, Neb. - Six University of Wyoming swimmers wrapped up action in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb., June 25-July 2.
"I am really happy with how the whole week went," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "We were able to break personal-best times on 61 percent of our swims, which was better than the meet average."
Cowgirl Kelsey Conci started the week off with the best performance for UW in the 100-meter backstroke. Conci became the first UW swimmer since 2004 Olympian Scott Usher to make the semifinals of an Olympic Trial event. She swam her way into the semifinals where she placed 11th with a time of 1:01.16. She was also the last UW swimmer to compete, swimming the 50 freestyle on Sunday, July 1 where she placed 86th with a time of 26.43.
"I was very pleased with Kelsey's swims this weekend," Johnson said. "She really swam her tail off to get into the 100 back semifinals and I couldn't be more proud of her."
Cowboy Brandon Fischer also swam multiple events, posting two top-30 times. He began the week with the 100 breaststroke finishing 27th with a time of 1:02.40. He continued his excellent swimming on Thursday, June 28th taking 30th in the 200 breaststroke (2:16.12). Fischer ended his trials run on Friday in the 200 individual medley taking 79th with a time of 2:06.53.
"Brandon had a great 100 breaststroke this weekend," Johnson said. "What a great way for both he and Kelsey to end their careers."
Four returning UW swimmers also competed in the trials. Senior Trevor LeValley swam a personal-best time (4:28.88) in the 400 individual medley placing 56th. Junior Morgan Hartigan raced in the 100 breaststroke finishing 114th with a time of 1:13.06. Fellow junior Jayce Calhoon competed in the 200 backstroke finishing 95th with a time of 2:07.66. In his first Olympic Trials, sophomore Jordan Turner swam the 200 IM finishing 108th with a time of 2:09.38.
"Like I said all week, I was hoping this could be a stepping stone for all of our kids returning," Johnson said. "All our returning kids had tremendous swims and I know swimming in this type of atmosphere will really help them going into next season."
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