This weekend, with the June 18th qualifying deadline coming up on Monday, is the final opportunity for swimmers around the world to hit their Olympic qualifications. Whether that means hitting FINA A times, FINA B times, improving their existing B times, or meeting another arbitrary standard set by their federations, come Monday all times must be submitted, with official invitations being sent out to federations of the B-time invites on Wednesday.
There are a few big (and some less-big) meets where this will be a big focus; and most of these meets will have great competition to spur them on.
Sette Colli Trophy – Rome - aside from the massive field of Olympic contenders that will be present in Rome for the 7 Hills, there will be a large contingent of Europeans trying to seal up their Olympic qualification. Among those will be Arizona State swimmer Rebecca Ejdervik, who will be trying to grab Sweden’s second Olympic breaststroke roster spot behind Jennie Johansson. Publicly, it’s not been made clear what time exactly Ejdervik needs to swim to make the team, but her 1:07.5 from last season (which puts her near the world’s top 16) would seem to give the Swedish Olympic Committee serious consideration.
RBC Bahamas National Championships - Nassau, Bahamas – The star here is Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, who is the fastest 100 yard freestyler in history, who will likely be racing her last meet pre-Olympics before heading off to camp in Southern England in early July. Her speed eliminates Universality invites for the islanders, but look for Elvis Burrows (50 free) and Anna Dillette (100 back) to shoot for their FINA B-cuts.
Southeast Asian Swimming Championships – Singapore, Singapore – The 1st annual Southeast Asian Swimming Championships kicked off Wednesday in Singapore and will run through Sunday. Through one day of competition, Vietnam 15-year old Thi Anh Nguyen has been the star, nabbing a pair of FINA B-times in the 200 back (2:13.84) and 200 IM (2:17.67). Singapore’s own Chui Bin Ong also hit her B-Time in the women’s 100 free with a 56.02.
Golden Bear 2012 – Zagreb, Croatia – The Golden Bear meet in 2012 has a slightly lighter field than normal, but there are still a few stars. That includes Israel’s Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or and former NCAA Champion Damir Dugonjic.
Budapest Open Cup – Budapest, Hungary – The Budapest Open Cup will have a few big local names, including distance swimmer Gergo Kis and his countrymate Gurgely Gyurta. A large contingent of Czech swimmers will be at this meet as well trying to nail down Olympic qualification. Kis won the 200 free on the first day in 1:51.32; he’ll be shooting for the 1500 in London.
Copa Mexico - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – The meet in Veracruz will be the final chance for many Mexican swimmers, with their federation having still not officially announced an Olympic roster. Those who we know will be in attendance are former Texas Longhorn Susana Escobar. The meet is off to an auspicious start – the water temperature in the outdoor course is a steamy 88 degrees.
Enka Open Swimming Championships - Istanbul, Turkey - Results page.
8th Luxembourg Open Championships - Luxembourg, Luxembourg.