13-Year-Old Tristen Ulett of Dynamo Earns Her 2nd Olympic Trials Cut

Tristen Ulett continues to impress, as she added another event to her Olympic Trials schedule in the final weekend of eligible OT qualification.

At the Sizzlin Summer Invite**, hosted at the Georgia Tech pool, the 13-year-old from Dynamo torched a 1:02.96 to get the Trials cut in the 100 back, taking off six tenths from her previous lifetime best from the Atlanta Classic in May. Ulett already has an OT cut in the 100 fly, an event in which she holds the 13-14 NAG record in yards. She now has qualified for Trials in both the 100 back and 100 fly.

**Not to be confused with the Speedo Summer Sizzler Invitational in Tennessee, where Alex Walsh and teammates from the Nashville Aquatic Club wreaked havoc on the 400 free relay and 400 medley relay 13-14 NAG records this weekend.

Ulett swam two other events this weekend– the 200 IM and 100 free. She was 2:20.23 in the 200 IM finals, dropping a tenth from prelims. She went for the Trials cut again in a 200 IM time trial, this time coming much closer with a 2:18.91, though it was ultimately not quite fast enough to reach the mark of 2:18.69.

She only swam prelims of the 100 free, posting a 57.46 which was a new personal best by a few tenths. With her weekend over, here is where Ulett now stands in the 13-14 all-time rankings in LCM:

  • 100 fly (24th)
  • 100 back (25th)
  • 100 free (t-58th)
  • 200 IM (36th)

Ben Southern, a rising senior at Georgia Tech, was under the 100 fly OT cut. The 20-year-old swam a 54.38, under the mark of 54.79 needed to qualify for Omaha. Southern already has the cut with a 54.34 from 2014 Summer Nationals– he’s slated to swim both the 100 and 200 fly at Trials, which begin in just one week.

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bobo gigi
5 years ago

Hswimmer will be happy.
I still don’t know if Tristen Ulett will be a sprinter or a versatile swimmer in the future but what is sure is that she’s gonna be a star.

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

Lol I never said she wouldn’t be versatile

Reply to  Hswimmer
5 years ago

Read that wrong, but yes I think she’s going to be amazing!! After junior nationals in her 100 free B final I thought she could get some cuts.

Dave B.
Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

Maybe it’s time USA Swim ratchets down the Trial time standards for women?

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

Keep an eye on Rye ( see what I did there 🙂 ) Age for age her sister will eclipse her.

Mark Vernon
5 years ago

Awesome!! Keep up the great work Tristen. Hope all your dreams come through, you are an amazing athlete.

5 years ago

You Go Tristen! Keep your heart in it!

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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