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Eight UT swimmers qualify for Olympic trials

3:37 PM, Jul 19, 2011   |    comments
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Seven University of Tennessee aquatic athletes have qualified to compete in the U.S. Olympic trials.  One qualified for the trials in his home country of Great Britain.

Five members of the Lady Vol swimming and diving team secured Olympic Trial standards over the weekend at the 2011 Long Course Southeastern Championships at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.

Rising junior Kelsey Floyd registered five Olympic Trial cuts at the meet in the 100 fly, 200 fly, 200 free, 400 free and 200 IM. The Lexington, Ky., native won the 200 fly and swam the fastest prelim times in the 200 and 400 free events.

Lindsay Gendron, a rising sophomore, qualified for the Olympic Trials in 100, 400 and 800 free events. She was victorious in all three events and also won the 200 free.

Jenny Connolly, Sloane Pitman and Molly Hannis also recorded qualifying times. A rising senior, Connolly won the 100 back and will compete in the same event at the 2011 World University Games next month.

Pitman, who redshirted during her sophomore campaign, grabbed the top spot in the 200 IM with a trial cut. Arriving at Rocky Top in January, Hannis picked up a qualifying standard in the 200 breast after winning the event prelims.

Tennessee Vol swimmers Brad Craig, Samuel Rairden and Ed Walsh also made the cut at the weekend meet.

Craig, who exhausted his eligibility this past season, earned qualifying standards in both the 100 and 200 breast events. The two-time SEC Champion in the 200y breast won both of the events. 

Rairden also notched a qualifying time in the 100 free along with Walsh. The rising sophomore qualified for the 2011 NCAA Championships in both back events and swam on relays. 

The 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials will take place next summer in Omaha, Neb. 

Walsh, a rising junior, won the 50 free event and claimed runner-up in the 100 free. The London, England, native will have two chances to qualify for the Olympics at Britain's 2012 Olympic Trials over March 3-10 at Olympic Aquatics Centre in east London or at another meet that has not been announced yet.

 

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