June 25, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – It’s been three or four months since most collegiate swimmers last competed, but a select group of student-athletes from the Patriot League are contending for slots on the United States Olympic Swim Team at the Olympic Trials, which start Monday in Omaha, Neb.
Swimmers from Bucknell University, Colgate University, the United States Military Academy and the United States Naval Academy are scheduled to compete for their opportunities to represent the United States during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games that begin next month in London.
Sixteen current and former student-athletes from Navy will begin competing Monday, while four are from Bucknell. Army has one student-athlete, one coach and two incoming student-athletes competing at the trials as well, along with one assistant coach and one incoming freshman from Colgate.
The full schedule and results of the trials will be available at www.USASwimming.org. In addition, NBC Sports Network is scheduled to televise some of the preliminary races via same-day tape delay, while the finals will air live on NBC. Both will begin Monday.
The trials will be contested in a 50-meter length pool. The first- and second-place swimmers in each event final are guaranteed a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.
The first television broadcast is set for Monday from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. EDT on NBC Sports Network with tape-delay coverage of the day's prelims, followed by live coverage beginning at 8 p.m. on NBC.
The men's 200 fly is the most popular event for current, former or incoming League swimmers with five participants. Former Navy swimmers Adam and Mark Meyer will be joined by Navy rising senior Ben Bondurant and Bucknell rising sophomore Erik Heinemann. Army incoming freshman Zach Blankenbecker is also a competitor.
Below is a list of the swimmers scheduled to compete at the trials and their slated event.
Men's 50 Free
: Derick Roe (Colgate assistant coach)Men’s 100 Free
: Hugh Davison, Zach Ingold (Navy)Men’s 200 Free
: Matthew Segar (Bucknell) Men’s 400 Free
: Riley Mita (Navy) Men’s 1,500 Free
: Riley Mita, Justin Vagts (Navy)
Women's 50 Free: Amanda Croix (Army assistant coach)
Women's 400 Free: Natalie Beal (Army)
Men’s 200 IM: Adam Meyer (Navy)
Men’s 400 IM: Mike Nicholson (Bucknell); Justin Vagts (Navy)
Women's 100 Back: Morgan Cohara (Colgate)
Women's 200 Back: Natalie Beal (Army)
Men’s 100 Back: Gage Trotter, Brendan Walsh (Navy)
Men’s 200 Back: Conor Campbell (Navy)
Women’s 100 Fly: Toni Paruso (Navy)
Women’s 200 Fly: Rheanna Vaughn (Navy)
Men's 100 Fly: Ayman Andrews (Army)
Men’s 200 Fly: Erik Heinemann (Bucknell); Ben Bondurant, Adam Meyer, Mark Meyer (Navy); Zach Blankenbecker (Army)
Women’s 100 Breast: Laura Gorinski (Navy)
Women’s 200 Breast: Laura Gorinski (Navy); Emily Norton (Bucknell)
Men’s 100 Breast: Ben Grove, Sean Murphy (Navy)
Men’s 200 Breast: Luke Hoffer (Navy)