June 27, 2012
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ATHENS, Ohio – Lauren Funk of Ohio Swimming and Diving will represent the Bobcats on the national stage on Sunday. If she succeeds, she may earn the opportunity to represent the United States on a global stage at the 2012 London Olympic Games. A few months before her senior season is set to begin, Funk will compete in the 50 Freestyle at the USA Swimming Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb.
Spanning from June 25 through July 2, the USA Swimming Olympic Trials features more than 1,800 athletes competing for 52 spots on the United States Olympic Swimming Team. The events will be held at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, a facility which hosted first and second round games of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Throughout the eight days of competition, 52 total spots will be earned (26 for men; 26 for women) on the U.S. Olympic Team by finishing first or second in each of the 13 individual events. Funk (Springfield, Ohio) will compete in the 50 Freestyle preliminaries beginning on Sunday morning. Should she qualify for the semifinal round, she will swim later on Sunday afternoon or early in the evening. The women’s 50 Freestyle final round will then take place on Monday, July 2.
“The elite of the elite will be competing in Omaha for a berth on the U.S. Olympic Team,” said Ohio Head Coach Greg Werner. “We are very proud of Lauren’s accomplishment and opportunity and have a strong belief that she will compete with focus, character, enthusiasm and a ferocity that the swimming world has come to expect from the Bobcats.”
Funk had a very strong junior campaign for the Bobcats, earning CSCAA Mid-Major All-American Honorable Mention status and racking up five top-ten finishes at the 2012 Mid-American Conference Championships, including second in the 200 and 400 Freestyle Relay events.
The Bobcats will open the 2012-13 season with their annual intra-squad meet on Oct. 12. Ohio will begin the regular season by hosting Eastern Michigan on Oct. 27.