August 5, 2019
This past week in Palo Alto CA the nations fastest swimmers gathered for the Phillips 66 US National Championships. Among them was University of Kentucky Junior and Coast Aquatics Alumni, Daniel Orcutt. With the Olympic Trials only 11 months away, the opportunity to qualify for the Trials was mission one for many including Orcutt.
Daniel Orcutt swam here with Coast Aquatics from the time he was 14 until he graduated from Fort Walton Beach High School in 2017. Daniel was a good swimmer and a very tough competitor in his time here with Coast. Among his accollades while here were National High School Heisman Award, US National qualifier, US Junior National finalist, NCSA finalist, NCSA Select Camp member, High School State Champion and Southeastern Swimming Champion.
So now on one of the biggest stages of his swimming career competing alongside of the nations best athletes Daniel was up to the task. On the first day of the meet he narrowly missed the OT standard in the 200 fly but came back in a time trial and went nearly a second faster to make the cut with room to spare. Then on the final day of the meet he obliterated the standard in the 200 IM.
With these swims Daniel holds the distinction of being the first Olympic Trial qualifer for Coast Aquatics. Now that Daniel has opened the door I hope that many more of you will follow him through it. Congratulations Daniel on an amazing accomplishment and I hope sincerely to share the deck with you in Omaha!!!!