June 22, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. ---Fifty-four swimmers with ties to the University of Georgia's program will be competing next week in the United States Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Neb.
The Trials will take place Monday, June 25, through Monday, July 2, at the CenturyLink Center. The top two finishers in 11 events and the top four in the 100- and 200-meter freestyle races are guaranteed spots in the Olympics July 28-Aug. 4 in London's Aquatics Centre. If competitors qualify in more than one event, as typically happens, other swimmers can be chosen to fill the rosters.
The list of competitors for the Trials includes 17 women and eight men from the current Georgia rosters, two female and five male signees, and 13 women and eight men who previously performed in Athens. (A complete list can be found below.) More than 1,700 swimmers are expected to compete in the Trials.
"That makes me feel like we've got a lot of good kids," Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. "(A number like that) is really good. My hat's off to the kids. It will be kind of like a Bulldog reunion - and I hope there's one on the Olympic team as well."
Heading into the Trials, several swimmers with Georgia connections have top-10 seedings.
The women's 200-meter freestyle will have a Georgia feel to it. Allison Schmitt is seeded first with the U.S. Open time of 1:55.04 she established earlier this month. (Schmitt also holds the American record of 1:54.96, setting it in 2009.) Morgan Scroggy is fourth, Chelsea Nauta is sixth and Megan Romano is ninth. In the 100-meter freestyle, Schmitt is fourth, Amanda Weir is sixth, Romano is seventh and Kara Lynn Joyce is ninth. The 50-meter freestyle has Weir second, Joyce third and Romano 10th.
Schmitt is second in the 400-meter freestyle, while Amber McDermott is ninth. Schmitt also is seventh in the 800-meter freestyle. Romano is seeded fifth in the 100-meter backstroke, and Scroggy is sixth in the 200-meter backstroke. Jana Mangimelli is seeded seventh in the 400-meter individual medley and 10th in the 200-meter individual medley.
Joyce earned four silver medals at the 2004 and 2008 Games on the 400-meter freestyle and 400-meter medley relays, while Weir was a silver medalist on the 400-meter freestyle and 400-meter medley relays in 2004, and Schmitt was a bronze medalist on the 800-meter freestyle relay in 2008.
In the men's 400-meter individual medley, Robert Margalis is seeded fifth, Chase Kalisz is eighth and Andrew Gemmell is ninth. Gemmell is seeded third in the 1,500-meter freestyle, while Mark Dylla is seeded seventh in the 200-meter butterfly.
Prelims will begin at 11 a.m. and the finals will take place at 7:45 p.m. each day. NBC and NBC Sports Network will have live and same-day video of heats and finals. NBCOlympics.com also will stream the finals live each night. For a complete broadcast schedule, see NBCOlympics.com.
Former Georgia swimmers Wendy Trott (South Africa), Sarah Poewe (Germany) and Troyden Prinsloo (South Africa) and signees Brittany MacLean (Canada), Yousef Alaskari (Kuwait) and Matias Koski (Finland) previously qualified for the Olympics. Poewe was a bronze medalist on the 400-meter medley relay in 2004 and will be making her fourth appearance in the Olympics. Trott and Prinsloo were 2008 Olympians.
United States Olympic Team Trials • Competitors With Georgia Ties