Sept. 8, 2010
ATHENS, Ohio -
Fresh off impressive showings at the 2010 National Swimming and Diving Championships, Ohio swimmers Rachel Heim and Amanda Traylor have found their names on a select list of United States swimmers that have already qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Despite not taking place till June 25-July 2, 2012, the rising senior duo has already posted times that surpass the qualifying cut times recently released by U.S. Swimming. Heim (San, Diego, Calif.) qualified in the 100 Butterfly, while Traylor (Los Alamitos, Calif.) made it in the 400 Freestyle.
"Obviously we are ecstatic for both of them to have made the cut already," Ohio Swimming and Diving coach Greg Werner said. "This is great news for both them and the program. It is great to see their hard work and the long hours they have put in practicing and training get rewarded. It is also beneficial for them to have posted cut times now, because it will allow them to focus on the collegiate season and not have to worry about posting qualifying times. Hopefully we can have more join them in the coming months."
Heim posted her qualifying time at last month's National Championships as she posted a career-best 1:00.43 in the 100 Fly. That mark currently ranks 23rd nationally and well eclipses the 1:01.99 cut time required for qualification for the Trials. The reigning Mid-American Conference Co-Swimmer of the Year finished 21st in the 100 Fly at last month's National Championships and won a team-leading four conference titles at last year's MAC Championships.
Traylor also made some ripples for herself at the National Championships as she posted her qualifying mark of 4:16.04. That currently ranks her 35th nationally in the event among 79 who have reached the 4:19.39 cut. The Los Alamitos, Calif., native finished 22nd in the 400 Free and 52nd in the 400 Individual Medley at last month's National Championships. Traylor was a First Team All-MAC performer this past season.
For more information on the 2012 Olympic Trials cuts and the Trials themselves, please visit USASwimming.org.