Nikki Venema Goes Through Emotions of Ive League Cancelled Season to OT Champ

2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

Reported by Spencer Penland.

WOMEN’S 100 FLY – FINALS

  • World Record: 55.48 – Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2016
  • American Record: 55.98 – Dana Vollmer, 2012
  • U.S. Open Record: 56.20 – Claire Curzan (USA), 2021
  • World Junior Record: 56.20 – Claire Curzan (USA), 2021
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 55.48
  • 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials Champion: Kelsi Worrell – 56.48
  • Wave I Cut: 1:00.69
  • Wave II Cut: 59.59

Podium

  1. Nikki Venema (TIDEVA) – 59.24
  2. Lexi Cuomo (CAV) – 1:00.06
  3. Gigi Johnson (SA-GA) – 1:00.09

Nikki Venema was electric on the back half of this race, pulling ahead through the final 50 to leave no doubt she would punch a ticket to Wave II. The swim was a huge lifetime best for Venema, undercutting her previous best of 59.86. If she can replicate the time in prelims of Wave II, she may just be able to sneak into the top 16.

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Julia
3 months ago

That’s our captain!! Go Nikki!! 🐯🐯

MIKE IN DALLAS
3 months ago

There truly are victors and victories at all levels of sport!
BRAVA!

Yozhik
Reply to  MIKE IN DALLAS
3 months ago

The “two waves” format of American Olympic Trials caused by pandemic is a blessing in disguise. Many swimmers may have this meet as the main competition of their swimming career. The participation in the Wave I isn’t only the matter of prestige but it gives also to a swimmer the opportunity to get media attention and to enjoy the excitement of the victory with the personal bests. Which they would have none with the traditional format of trial process. In many cases I would expect the level of excitement about the victory more genuine and emotional for winner of Wave I than from those who will get a ticket to Tokyo.
If that is economically justified then I don’t… Read more »

Johnny Twobad
3 months ago

Hey, any relation to John Venema, an actor, who graduated from Princeton in 1970?

Jen Secrest
3 months ago

Nikki is the most passionate and hardworking teammate!!!!! Much deserved, Noodle!! <3

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