June 11, 2012
SETUBAL BAY, Portugal --- Former Georgia swimmer Troyden Prinsloo of South Africa earned a berth in the Olympics on Sunday in the FINA 10-Kilometer Marathon Qualifier.
Prinsloo posted a time of 1 hour, 45 minutes and 40.8 seconds to come in fifth in the qualifier. The top 10 finishers in the event qualified for the Olympics, led by winner Ous Mellouli of Tunisia (1:45:18.5).
The 10-kilometer marathon will take place Aug. 10 in the Serpentine River in Hyde Park, London.
This will be Prinsloo's second appearance in the Olympics. He represented South Africa in the 2008 Beijing Games in the 1,500-meter freestyle. Prinsloo won the NCAA title in the 1,650-yard freestyle and the SEC crowns in the 500- and 1,650-yard freestyle in 2009.
The Olympic Trials for the United States will be held June 25-July 2 at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb. There are approximately 50 current, former and future Georgia swimmers scheduled to compete in the Trials.
The swimming portion of the Olympics will take place July 28-Aug. 4 in London's Aquatics Centre. Former Lady Bulldogs Wendy Trott (South Africa) and Sarah Poewe (Germany) and signees Brittany MacLean (Canada) and Matias Koski (Finland) previously qualified for the Games.