June 5, 2012
From Bucknell Athletic Communications
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Four members of the Bucknell swimming and diving program have now qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials. Rising junior Mike Nicholson, at this past weekend's Santa Clara International Grand Prix, posted an Olympic Trials-qualifying time in the 400 IM, beating the standard by .01 seconds. He will join fellow Bison Matthew Segar (200 free), Erik Heinemann (200 fly) and Emily Norton (200 breast) at the Olympic Trials. That trio had posted qualifying marks at various times over the past year.
The Olympic Trials will take place June 25-July 2 in Omaha, Neb.
Nicholson competed at the Santa Clara meet along with Bucknell teammates Christian Treat and Kelly Pontecorvo. All three had solid performances during the weekend meet that featured some of the best swimmers in the world, including U.S. Olympians Natalie Coughlin, Nathan Adrian, Anthony Ervin and Dana Vollmer. Additionally, a large contingent of international swimmers was at the meet, including Olympic gold medalists Lesiel Jones and Stephanie Rice from Australia.
Nicholson achieved his Olympic Trials cut in the prelims of the 400-meter IM as he touched the wall in 4 minutes, 30.48 seconds. He finished ninth in the prelim and followed that up with a ninth-place showing in the "A" final. Nicholson also swam the 200 fly during the meet and placed second in the "C" final, 20th overall. His finals time of 2:04.63 was .81 seconds faster than his prelim time.
Treat had a busy weekend as he reached the "C" final in the 100 breast, 200 breast and 200 IM. His best finish was in the 100 breast when he finished fourth in the "C" final and 22nd overall.
Pontecorvo had the highest finish of the three Bison in action this past weekend as she placed eighth out of 16 swimmers in the 1,500 freestyle. She registered a time of 17:35.61 in the race that kicked off the four-day meet.
The meet was contested in long course meters, versus the shorter yards the Bison student-athletes are accustomed to from the college regular season.
Nicholson, Treat and Pontecorvo have piled up impressive resumes during their Bucknell careers. Nicholson is a two-time First Team All-Patriot League selection, while Treat, a rising senior, is a two-time Patriot League Men's Swimming and Diving Scholar Athlete of the Year and a three-time All-Patriot League honoree. Pontecorvo, who will be a junior in the fall, has been named Second Team All-Patriot League in each of her first two college campaigns.