Ten Swimmers Set for US Olympic Trials
Published: June 24, 2012, 09:30 AM (CT)
by Seth Medvin, Student Assistant SID
Seniors Jana Ruimerman, Audrey Lawson, Sara Haley, Timmy Dasinger and Nick Kunkel, junior Michael Saco and sophomore Amber Carter will represent LSU. Senior Sean Roddy will represent his home club of North Baltimore Aquatic Club with a secondary recognition of LSU. Incoming freshmen Gabe Rocker will represent Tualatin Hills Swim Club and Sophie Weber will represent Sierra Marlins Swim Team.
"We are thrilled to be having eight athletes representing LSU and two future Tigers at the 2012 US Olympic Trials," Swimming Coach Dave Geyer said. "In 2008 the program had only three athletes representing the program. Only one of those three swimmers returned for the following collegiate season after the other two had exhausted their eligibility. This year all of these athletes will be returning to our team next year for the college season. I feel that is an obvious statement of the growth of our program and it's great future."
Selection for the London Olympics is based off of finishing in the top-two in an individual event. Relay selections are based off of top-six finishes in the 100 and 200 freestyle events.
"For athletes, making this meet is always on top of their individual goal chart as sometimes it is truly a once in a lifetime experience for them," Geyer said.
Haley, a two-time NCAA Qualifier and two-time SEC bronze medalist in the 200 fly, highlights the group. The El Dorado Hills, Calif. native competed in the 2008 Olympic Trail as well. She will compete in the 100 and 200 butterfly, and owns long course meter (LCM) lifetime bests of 1:01.64 and 2:15.71 in the 100 fly and 200 fly, respectively.
Carter shined in her freshman season in the 100 fly and finished 15th in the event at the SEC Championships. The Houston, Texas native boasts a 100 fly LCM career low of 1:01.51.
Ruimerman was the fastest 200 backstroker for the program this season and posted a 200 back 12th place swim at the conference meet. Her 200 back LCM career best is 2:17.61.
Lawson qualified for the championship final of the 200 fly at SEC's. She qualified for Olympic Trials in the 200 fly LCM with a time of 2:16.13.
Saco stepped up in the sprint freestyle competitions during his sophomore campaign. The Miami, Fla. native possesses a career low 50 free LCM mark of 23.09.
Kunkel finished his 100 back run in 10th place with the program's eighth best all-time mark at the SEC Championships. The Covington, Ky. native maintains a career best 100 back LCM time of 57.40.
Dasinger posted the team's third fastest 200 fly mark this past season and narrowly missed a final swim with a 17th place finish as SEC's. He holds a career low 200 fly LCM swim of 2:03.24.
Roddy will compete in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events as well as the 200 individual medley. He stands in the top-10 in all three events in the program's record books. The Towson, Md. native owns career 100 breast (1:03.73), 200 breast (2:19.93) and 200 IM (2:06.24) LCM bests.
Weber's career low in the 400 IM LCM is 4:55.50. Rooker's 100 breast and 200 breast LCM career lows are 1:04.64 and 2:20.32, respectively.
For more information on the US Olympic Trials, click here. In addition, NBC will be covering the meet live every evening.