Lynchburg, VA (PRWEB) June 20, 2012
Liberty redshirt sophomore Brye Ravettine has qualified to compete in the 50-meter freestyle at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, to be held June 25 through July 2 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.
In addition to Ravettine in the 50 free, incoming freshman Laura Day will swim the 100-meter breaststroke at the trials.
This marks the first time that a Liberty swimming student-athlete will compete in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Jess Reinhardt, who joins the team this fall, competed in the Australian Olympic Trials in 2008 and again this year.
Ravettine and Day will be among those vying for one of 26 spots on the U.S. women's swimming team for the London 2012 Summer Olympics.
Olympic Trials Schedule
How to Follow the Action
Fans can follow the meet through live results and live video streaming, both courtesy of USASwimming.org. Links to both are available on the swimming schedule page on LibertyFlames.com. Additionally, NBC will provide live TV coverage of the evening session each day, from 8-9 p.m. Eastern. Select preliminary heats will be aired on a taped-delay basis on NBC Sports Network.
The trials return to Omaha, Neb., after being held in the Qwest Center (now CenturyLink Center) in 2008.
Preliminary heats for each event will be held beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern each day. The top 16 times from preliminaries in each event advance to that evening's semifinal round. The fastest eight finishers in semifinals qualify for the final. In order to make the U.S. Olympic team in an individual event, an athlete needs to finish in either first or second place in the final.
Ravettine will compete in the 50 free on July 1. She qualified for the Olympic Trials by swimming 25.99 at the 2011 AT&T USA Swimming Winter National Championships, Dec. 1. She is ranked 61st out of 164 swimmer entering the trials.
Earlier this year, Ravettine became Liberty's first swimming All-American, finishing 13th in the 50 free at the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. She was also named 2012 CCSA Swimmer of the Year and Swimmer of the Meet. The Mahwah, N.J., native earned CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major All-America first team status this year.
Jessica Hardy has the top qualifying time in the 50 free, at 24.63. She is one of three women entered in the field this year who qualified in the 50 free for the 2008 Olympics. Hardy is joined by 12-time Olympic medalist Dara Torres and two-time Olympian Kara Lynn Joyce. Amanda Weir is seeded second, with a time of 24.70.
Day, a 2012 Liberty signee, will swim in preliminary heats on the 100 breaststroke on Tuesday, June 26. She earned her 100-meter breaststroke Olympic Trials cut, swimming 1:11.89 on March 9 at the Columbus Grand Prix. Her time is 118th out of 152 entrants. A home-schooled student from Peyton, Colo., Day was a state champion in the 100 breaststroke.
Rebecca Soni and Jessica Hardy are two favorites to punch their ticket to London in the 100 breaststroke. Soni, the champion at the 2011 World Championships in the 100 breaststroke, has a 1:04.91 seed time entering the meet. Hardy, the current world record holder, boasts an entry time of 1:05.90, 1.27 seconds faster than the third-seeded swimmer, Annie Chandler. Four-time Olympian Amanda Beard is seeded fourth.
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