June 25, 2016
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – After posting the best overall performance in recent memory during the past collegiate season, the Alabama men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are sending 18 swimmers to the 2016 United States Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb., June 26 – July 3 at the CenturyLink Center.
There will be 12 men and six women competing in this year’s trials. Crimson Tide swimmers are slated to compete in 33 events ranging from the 50-meter freestyle to the 400-meter individual medley.
Connor Oslin and Luke Kaliszak, who both swam legs on Alabama’s NCAA Champion 200 medley relay earlier this year, highlight a Crimson Tide men’s contingent that will also include All-Americans Matthew Adams, Alex Gray, Robert Howard and Crews Wellford as well as Knox Auerbach, Taylor Charles, Will Freeman, Jacob Kelsoe, Carl Madden and Alec Scott.
On the women’s side of the meet, All-Americans Bridget Blood and Mia Nonnenberg lead a contingent that also includes Katie Kelsoe, Stephanie Klotz, Bailey Scott and Temarie Tomley.
“I’m excited to represent The University of Alabama with my teammates in front of the entire nation,” Kaliszak said. “I can’t wait to see what great things the Tide is going to do in Omaha.”
The top two finishers in each individual event will earn a berth on Team USA and will compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August.
In the midst of a hall of fame coaching career, Alabama head coach Dennis Pursley is no stranger to the U.S. Trials especially after spending 14 years as the U.S. National Team Director, a span that included three Olympiads.
“In our country, the U.S. Trials are probably the second-highest profile competition, outside of the Olympic Games themselves, in our sport,” Pursley said. “It’s an amazing stage leading up to the most prestigious competition there is. They’ve sold 200,000 tickets over the week of competition for the trials and it’s going to be an amazing experience. It is so intense, probably more so than the Olympics, with complete exhilaration and total dejection often separated by hundredths of a second.”
Charles, Nonnenberg and Madden open Alabama’s Olympic Trials schedule on Sunday. Charles and Nonnenberg will swim the prelims of the 400-meter individual medley while Madden will swim the 400-meter freestyle.
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