June 21, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
A contingent of 16 current Hoosiers or recent graduates will head to Omaha, Neb. next week to vie for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team at the USA Swimming Olympic Trials at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.
The meet runs June 25-July 2. Prelims begin 11 a.m. EDT; finals begin 7:45 p.m. EDT. All but the fastest heats of preliminaries will be webcast live at usaswimming.org June 25-July 1. The fastest two-to-four heats of preliminaries will be broadcast on tape delay by NBC Sports. The complete television schedule can be found at usaswimming.org.
The 2012 Big Ten Swimmer of the Year, Allysa Vavra leads the way with qualifying times in five events. Vavra posted qualifying marks in the 400-meter individual medley, 200-meter individual medley, 200-meter butterfly, 200-meter breaststroke and 200-meter backstroke. Vavra is currently a member of the national team in the 400-meter individual medley and could be considered one of the favorites in the event.
Steve Schmuhl, who recently completed his freshman year at IU, has qualified for Trials in four events. He is eligible to swim the 400-meter individual medley, 200-meter freestyle, 200-meter butterfly and 200-meter individual medley.
Senior Jim Barbiere has also qualified for the meet in four events, the 400-meter freestyle, 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle and 1,500-meter freestyle. Junior Lindsay Vrooman is coming off her best season yet as a collegiate swimmer, winning the Big Ten title in the 1,650-yard freestyle and finishing sixth at the NCAA Championships. She will compete in Omaha in the 400-meter freestyle, 200-meter freestyle, 200-meter butterfly and 800-meter freestyle.
Junior Cody Miller is the two-time defending Big Ten champion in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard breaststroke, and will swim both breaststroke events at Trials. He also has a qualifying time in the 200-meter individual medley.
Senior Sam Trahin
had a breakout performance in the 400-yard individual medley at the NCAA Championships in March, placing fourth in a school-record time of 3:44.37. Trahin will swim the 400-meter IM, 200-meter breaststroke and 200-meter IM in Omaha.
Kim Tracey, who completed her career at IU this past spring, has qualified for the meet in the 400-meter individual medley, 100-meter butterfly and 200-meter individual medley. Sophomore Lauren Jordan will swim the 200-meter backstroke, 400-meter freestyle and 800-meter freestyle.
Sophomore Ian Boggs (100-meter breaststroke, 200-meter breaststroke) and recent graduate Andrew Taylor (400-meter freestyle, 200-meter freestyle) have also qualified in multiple events, while recent graduate Katelyn Ishee (200-meter breaststroke), senior Daniel Kanorr (50-meter freestyle), recent graduate John Schnittker (400-meter freestyle), senior Ashley Specht (100-meter breaststroke), sophomore Sara Delay (50-meter freestyle) and junior James Wells (100-meter backstroke) will swim one event.
Also taking part in the Trials are Hoosier All-Americans Ben Hesen (100 backstroke) and Kevin Swander (100 breaststroke).
Indiana already has one swimmer's ticket to London punched as recent graduate Margaux Farrell earned a spot on the French Olympic team back in March.