Olivia Bray of the Virginia Gators was one of the youngest swimmers at the 2016 Olympic Trials. At 14, she competed in the 100 back, 200 back, and 100 fly. Her best finish was 33rd place in the 100 fly, going 1:00.21, a lifetime best. She was the highest finisher in that event for those born in 2001 or later, and only one other girl born in this century (Isabel Ivey, born 2000) finished ahead of her.
Bray has been one of the fastest youth swimmers in the country– before this weekend, she had three Trials swims under her belt as a 14-year-old and was ranked 3rd all-time in the 100y fly for the 13-14 age group. This weekend, though, Bray dropped a ton of huge swims, and went big personal bests in all of the races she swam.
The most impressive for Bray, as a butterflier, were her performances in the 100 and 200 fly. In the 100, she erupted for a 51.48, the #2 time in the 15-16 age group behind Beata Nelson’s 51.08. Meanwhile, in the 200 fly, she also dropped the hammer for a 1:54.21, the #2 time in the 15-16 age group as well, behind only the legendary Mary T. Meagher’s 1:52.99. Bray added a 23.87 in the 50 fly, too.
She was also fantastic in backstroke, going best times of 24.22 in the 50, 52.02 in the 100, and 1:55.74 in the 200. She now slots in at #4 all-time in the 100 and a tie for #45 in the 200.
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In addition, Bray was part of FOUR new 15-16 NAG relay records. Her 50 free and 100 free new bests in the chart above came from leading off the 200 and 400 free relays, along with her 100 back. In the 200 medley relay, she threw down a 23.15 butterfly split.
To put her times in familiar context– at the recent NCAA Women’s Championships, Bray would’ve been 7th in the 200 fly, made the B final in the 100 fly, and touched just outside of the B final for the 100 back, all at just 15 years old. She still has almost two full years in the 15-16 age group as she aged up in late November/early December, so keep an eye on her as she could do some serious damage to the NAG records before she turns 17 (or even 16).