July 2, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio – Lauren Funk of Ohio Swimming and Diving competed at the 2012 USA Swimming Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb. on Sunday. The rising senior tied for 79th in the preliminary round of 50 Freestyle qualification, swimming a time of 26.38.
Jessica Hardy swam the top time of the preliminary round, touching the wall in 24.55. Funk’s time of 26.38 was only 1.83 seconds behind this mark and ranked ahead of 73 other competitors.
Funk (Springfield, Ohio) was not among the top 15 swimmers who qualified for the semifinal round. This group of 15 has been narrowed down to eight who will compete for the two 50 Freestyle Olympic spots on July 2.
Swimming a very strong junior campaign for the Bobcats, Funk earned CSCAA Mid-Major All-American Honorable Mention status and racked 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.