This past weekend, 3 women qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials at just 13 years of age. In the backstroke and breaststroke events, these swimmers could bring a strong presence to the future of Team USA.
The swimmer from Riptide swam her way to Olympic Trials qualification at the AQJT Summer Invitational meet in Minneapolis. She made the cut with a 2:14.69 in the 200 meter backstroke, dominating the 14 & under event. She followed that up with another win and a trials qualifying time in the 100 back at 1:02.54.
At the NAC Nike Summer Sizzler, Walsh dropped over 3 seconds from her best time to win the 100 meter back in 1:01.79, way under the Olympic Trials standard of 1:03.39. The Nashville Aquatic Club swimmer dropped over 5 seconds in the 200 back to earn another standard in the 200 back, with a 2:12.49, clearing the cut by over 4 seconds.
Another Nashville Aquatic Club swimmer, Nelson dropped her lifetime best to a 2:31.63 in the 200 breaststroke. That put her well under the 2:34.99 she needed to qualify for trials. So far, this is her first Olympic trial cut. She’s not far off in the 100 breast where she swam a 1:11.80.