Three Hoosiers Named to USA Swimming National Team
Aug. 25, 2009
Qualifying criteria to earn a spot on the USA Swimming National Team are a top six time in Olympic events swum at any of the following events: 2009 ConocoPhillips National Championships and World Championship Trials, 2009 U.S. Open, 2009 World University Games, or the 2009 FINA World Championships.
"It is exciting for the men's team to have three of our swimmers on the current USA Swimming National Team," said head coach Ray Looze. "This should be a great sign to our current team members and future recruits that our training program is one of the best in the NCAA. Our staff has a strong commitment to international swimming and it is always humbling to see our efforts pay off so positively this past year. Moving forward we hope to place all three on the Olympic team in 2012 and put more new men and women on the team in the future."
Hesen, who completed his eligibility in 2008, earned a spot on the team in the 100-meter backstroke after recording a time of 53.36 at the 2009 ConocoPhillips National Championships and World Championship Trials. Hesen won the NCAA title in the 100 back in 2008 and owns the top-five times in school history in the event.
Swander, who capped his Indiana career in 2006, made the team in the 100-meter breaststroke after posting a sub-1:00 time of 59.40 at the 2009 U.S. Open earlier this month. In July Swander set a then-American record of 27.14 in the 50-meter breaststroke.
Opell, who is entering his senior season with the Hoosiers, earned his place on the team in the 200-meter breaststroke after a phenomenal swim of 2:10.63 at the 2009 U.S. Open. That is the second-fastest time in school history. Opell also holds the top-five IU times in the 400-meter individual medley.
As a member of the U.S. National Team, members will have the chance to attend training camps and select international meets, along with other opportunities.
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