June 21, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fifteen Ohio State women swimmers will invade the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., June 25-July 2 to compete at the U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials.  

“It is hard to believe that the meet is here,” head coach Bill Dorenkott said. “We have talked about it as a program for the past four years. For Ohio State Swimming to have one of the largest contingents at the USA Swimming Olympic Trials is a testament to the hard work of our student-athletes and staff.”

Overall, Ohio State’s contingent of 36 swimmers – 15 female, 21 male – at the trials represents the largest group of swimmers from one team along with Stanford (36) followed by SwimMAC (35) and the University of Arizona (33). In all, 1,831 qualifiers (901 female, 930 male) will be invited to the meet next week.

Since taking over the program in 2008, Dorenkott has increased the program’s overall Olympic trial qualifiers to 18 swimmers overall this year, including former Buckeye Samantha Cheverton, who secured a spot in the 200m free, 4 x 100 free relay and 4 x 200 free relay on the Canadian Olympic team March 30 in Montreal.

“This is the fastest meet on the U.S. soil every four years and will be the center of the swimming universe for one week,” Dorenkott said. “It is the meet you aspire to achieve at as a young boy or girl. Trials will be a week of memories that our Buckeyes will cherish for a lifetime.”

At the end of the 2008 Olympic Trials, 38 world records had been set – nine in Omaha. U.S. swimmers also set 21 American and 17 U.S. Open records in the pool at 2008 Trials. The results of the trials will provide up to 26 men and 26 women the highest athletic honor – representing the U.S. at the 2012 Olympic Games. Each of the top two swimmers in every event, plus four more in the 100m and 200m, will punch their tickets to London.

All but the fastest heats of preliminaries will be webcast live June 25-July 1 beginning at 10 a.m. CT. The fastest 2-4 heats of preliminaries will be broadcast on tape delay by NBC Sports. Click here for the full TV schedule.

The Ohio State 15 to the U.S. Olympic Trials includes:




Event (s)

Kelly Ann Baird


Lexington, N.C.

400 free (4:18.67), 800 free (8:50.47), 200 back (2:17.94)

Jackie Brousseau


Thousand Oaks, Calif.

100 breast (1:11.62), 200 breast (2:34.40)

Emily Creran


Haddonfield, N.J.

100 back (1:03.38), 200 back (2:15.03), 200 IM(2:18.81)

Mary Sarah Cruzan


Beaverton, Ore.

200 back (2:16.38)

Megan Detro


Carmel, Ind.

50 free (25.70), 100 free (56.37)

Shannon Draves


Gilbertsville, Pa.

100 fly (1:00.19), 200 fly (2:13.52)

Catherine Eitel


Upper Arlington, Ohio

100 breast (1:10.70)

Kristyn Fulcher


Upper Arlington, Ohio

400 IM (4:54.00), 200 back (2:17.29)

Lauren Massey


Indianapolis, Ind.

100 back (1:03.87), 200 back (2:16.26)

Kelsey Moran


Lakewood, Ohio

100 back (1:02.18), 200 back (2:17.18), 100 fly (1:01.87)

Natalie Nichols


Claremont, Calif.

400 free (4:19.29)

Alex Norris


Cincinnati, Ohio

200 free (2:02.27), 400 free (4:18.09)

Angela Severn


Harleysville, Pa.

400 IM (4:52.23), 200 IM (2:18.93)

Kelly Titus


Bowling Green, Ohio

400 IM (4:52.48), 400 free (4:18.26)

Ashley Vance


Kingwood, Texas

200 IM (2:17.86)

The venue for this year’s trials at the CenturyLink center is an arena where the competition pool has been contstructed within on a temporary basis. A warm-up pool has been constructed in the adjacent Omaha Convention Center as well. Here are some additional facts about the 2012 Olympic Trials, with some information from the official U.S. Olympic Team Trials website and other information based on news articles by the Omaha World-Herald.

  • More than 1,500 athletes will compete at the 2012 Trials in Omaha.
  • Since the 2008 Olympic Trials, the venue has undergone a name change from the Qwest Center Omaha to CenturyLink Center.
  • In 2008, the arena seated slightly over 13,000. Construction of the pool required losing the first 10 permanent rows of seating. In 2012, the first nine rows will be removed, so seating will be slightly more, roughly 13,200.
  • Attendance was more than 160,000 for the 15 total sessions in 2008, breaking the previous Trials record in Long Beach by more than 40,000.
  • The competition pool is a 50-meter, 10-lane pool, but only eight will be used for competition. The warm-up pool has eight, 50-meter lanes and five 25-meter lanes.
  • There will be two million gallons of water (one million each in the competition and warm-up pools) sitting on the floor of the Century Link Center for 2012 Trials. These two million gallons of water are equivalent to 13 million glasses of water. The combined weight of both pools is 7 million pounds.
  • The construction will include more than two miles of piping and hoses, and there are more than 50,000 mechanical parts required for the assembly process. Over 34,000 nuts, 34,000 bolts and 34,000 washers are included in the construction of each pool. Pool components have traveled over 5,000 miles from Castiglione, Italy.
  • At the end of the 2008 Olympic Trials, 38 world records had been set in Myrtha Pools – nine in Omaha. U.S. swimmers also set 21 American and 17 U.S. Open records in the pool at 2008 Trials.
  • For the first time at Olympic Trials, Myrtha is introducing Track-Start, the newest starting block model to facilitate the swimmer’s take-off and optimize competition performance. The block is composed of a special patented Omega platform that is compatible with the Omega Timing System and licensed to Myrtha Pools.


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