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BGSU swimmers prepare for Olympic trials
Three Bowling Green State University swimmers are hoping a a trip to Omaha, Neb., will lead to a trip to London for the Olympics. Alexis Kain, Amanda Rom and Alexa Harris have all qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials, which begin on June 25.
Harris, a senior from Moline, Ill., qualified in the 200 backstroke on June 17 at the Columbia Swim Club Summer Invitational in Columbia, Mo. Kain, a senior from Cincinnati, and Rom, a Cincinnati native who recently graduated, qualified for the trials in the 100 breaststroke at last summer’s sectionals.
“Honestly, I didn’t expect to get it; we happened to turn around after we finished our race at finals and see our coaches’ reactions,” said Kain. “They were really excited about us just finishing a race, and then we found out we got our trial cut and it was awesome.”
“That meet was where I wanted to get my cut so I was trying for it, so I knew I got it when I saw them,” Rom said.
"Having these three swimmers at the Olympic Trials is a huge step forward for our program and we could not be happier," said Head Coach Petra Martin. "These ladies will bring back stories of some great experiences to tell the rest of the team, and we hope to keep building upon that.
"We hope to have more and more Falcons stepping up to the national level competitions in the very near future. It has been a lot of work, but we are starting to turn the corner. We are very excited about next season, and we are also very excited about these three women traveling to Omaha and competing at the highest level in USA Swimming."
The fastest three heats of preliminaries in each event will be broadcast each day on the NBC Sports Network. They will be taped and air as follows:
June 25 - 6:30-8 p.m.
June 26 - 6:30-8 p.m.
June 27 – 7-8 p.m.
June 28 - 4:30-5:30 p.m.
June 29 - 4:30-6 p.m.
June 30 - 6:30-8 p.m.
July 1 – 6-7 p.m.
Finals will air from 8-9 p.m. June 25 - July 1. On July 2, the show will run from 8-8:30 p.m.
All but the fastest heats of preliminaries will be webcast live at usaswimming.org.