Aug. 12, 2011
Tallahassee, Fla. – Two more Olympic Trial times were achieved this week at the Junior National Swimming Championships at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.
Making two cuts was Josh Friedel, (Fredericksburg, Va.) who qualified in the 100 meter and 200 meter back and Kaitlyn Dressel (Jacksonville, Fla.) posted a mark in the 100 meter free with a time of 57.13.
The Seminoles have a total of 13 swimmers that have achieved Olympic Trial standards.
Although he made two Olympic Trial marks, Friedel experienced a little drama in his 200m back on Tuesday. After slipping off the start in the prelims, Friedel swam well enough to tie for 30th at 2:06.57, forcing a swim-off for a spot in the C-final. He also out-touched his future teammate, Kevin Rogers,(Raliegh, N.C.) by one one-hundredth in the event.
About 45 minutes later, Friedel won the swim-off and posted his first Olympic Trial time at 2:03.45. He would go on to shatter the C-final, swimming a time of 2:02.82, dropping a near five seconds from his seed time and posted the overall second fastest time in the event.
“With Josh’s 200 back, it just goes to show that you need to be ready for your prelim swim,” head coach Neil Harper said. “He messed up on his start and he was about four meters behind the field. He was able to stay cool and catch up, but he was so close to not getting that next opportunity. I’m certainly thrilled that he did because he was able to drop time and get a (Olympic) Trial cut.”
Even better things would come from Friedel later in the week, when he finished second in the 100 back on Thursday with a time of 57.49.
“I’m really excited that Josh was able to achieve as much as he did this week, “Harper said. “When you drop that much from your entry times in all of your events, it shows that you’ve worked hard and prepared and are ready to contribute to that next level. We are excited to have him join us in the fall.”
Friedel also swam the 100 fly and went 57.08.
In addition to Dressel’s 100m free, she also swam the 200m free and 50m free.
“Last year we were able to recruit one of the fastest sprinters in Florida in Tiffany Oliver,” Harper said. “This year we were able to find that in Kaitlyn. She achieved an Olympic Trial time and that takes the pressure off. Now that she’s reached that elite level, she can focus on college season and hopefully she will achieve great things. She will come in and contribute and make our team better and our relays stronger.”
In addition to his 2:06.88 200 back, Rogers finished 13th in the 100m back with a time of 57.87. He also swam the 100 fly.
Also swimming this week was Harrison Brogden (Greensboro, N.C.) He swam the 200m fly, 200m back and 100 back.
“Harrison and Kevin performed well all year,” Harper added. “They’ve set themselves up to come here and contribute. We are excited to get them here to train with our upper classmen and raise the bar for our program. For all of our incoming freshman to be able to compete at national level really builds their confidence and with that hopefully we can have a great year.”