By Cathleen Pruden, Swimming World College Intern
This weekend’s Speedo Sectional action will also take place in Geneva, Ohio, where the meet will be conducted in long course meters. More swimmers will have a chance to earn Olympic Trials qualifying times beginning Thursday.
A number of events feature swimmers who already have Trials cuts. These swimmers could help others reach the standards. In the 200 backstroke Ohio State’s Halime Zeren and Fishers’ Lauryn Parrish have the Trials time, and could help the unattached Alexandra Santer or Riptide’s Kelly Leonard to the cut. Both swimmers are less than a second away from the 2:16.59 cut.
In the women’s 200 IM, Ohio State’s Alexandra Norris is the top seed, just under the Trials standard, and the second through fifth seeds are all within a second of the 2:18.69 qualification time. Norris is also the top seed in the 200 and 400 freestyles.
On the men’s side, in the first individual event of the meet, the 200 backstroke, two swimmers are within striking distance of their Trials cut. Kevin Liu of Upper St Claire, and Indianan University’s Joseph Lane are a second from the 2:03.79 time standard. In the 100 backstroke, an impressive four swimmers have already earned their Trials cut, and two more, including Liu are within a second. This could be the most impressive race on the men’s side of the meet.
Bohman Bryce, swimming unattached, is a swimmer to watch. He is the top seed in the 100 backstroke by nearly a second, and also leads the way in the 100 butterfly by nearly three seconds.
Austin Swim Club’s Ryan Fisher has already earned his Trials cut in the 200 breaststroke, but 15 year old Jacob Foster of the Mason Manta Rays is seeded only three hundredths away. Foster’s only other swim of the weekend is the 400 IM, in which he is the top seed. He’ll have another chance to punch his ticked to Omaha in that event, in which he is three seconds from the qualification standard.
Full Psych Sheet available here: 2016 Speedo Sectionals: Geneva Psych Sheet – Results