Wistey Qualifies for U.S. Olympic Trials
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“I am very happy for her,” Iowa State head coach Duane Sorenson said. “She has been trying to get the time for the last year, and this is about the eighth time she has gone for it in an all-out setting with the fast suit. To have her get the breakthrough is tremendous. She has worked hard this spring on her stroke technique and it has paid a great dividend.”
Wistey had just missed the time earlier in the meet when she won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:12.40. The difference in her second swim was the start, as she went the first 50 meters in 33.50 compared to the 34.04 she posted in her previous race.
“The experience is going to give her a tremendous amount of confidence,” Sorenson noted. “She will be up against the best in the country and the world. She is very young and we have talked about going for it in 2016 again. The great thing is that she is going to be able to be around all these great athletes and take part in one of the best meets in the world.”
Wistey was one of the top Cyclones during the 2011-12 season, tying for the team lead in event wins with 22. The West Des Moines, Iowa native posted an NCAA ‘B’ cut in the 100-yard breast, going 1:01.97 at the Big 12 Championships on her way to an eighth-place showing.
The U.S. Olympic Trials is the premier event on the domestic swimming calendar. The top athletes from the country will compete for the 52 spots on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team that will travel to London for the Olympic Games. The trials take place at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb. June 25-July 2. The 100-meter breaststroke takes place on June 26 with heats in the morning and semifinals in the evening. The final for the event will be during the evening session on June 27.