AZOT at Olympic Trials!Glavinovich,Krolikowski,Lexvold,Merrell,Gloude,Taber!
August 1, 2016
AQUAZOT at Olympic Trials!!
The Olympic Trials were held June 26-July 3 in Omaha, Nebraska at Century Link Arena!
6 members of AZOT achieved qualifying standards to compete at the highest level meet in the United States.
These swimmers are Katie Glavinovich, Kate Krolikowski, Riley Lexvold, Eva Merrell, Daniel Gloude and Chris Taber along with Coaches Brian Pajer and Todd Hickman.
Olympic Trials is a meet unlike any other where athletes of every age and level among qualifiers experience the excitement and pressure of swimming their very best in a packed arena of 15,000 fans on live TV and livestream with 22 cameras recording all the action from every angle.
The atmosphere at Olympic Trials was electric for 8 straight days. In addition to racing, athletes had exceptional amenities including an Athlete dining hall with big screen to watch races, hot tubs, massage therapists, and an Athlete Lounge complete with therapy dogs to help 'keep calm' in a high pressure environment.
This was the first experience at Olympic Trials for all 6 AZOTS. The meet had prelim, semifinal (top 16) and final heats (top 8). There were approximately 100-150 swimmers per event. Here are the results:
Katie Glavinovich: 200 Back (71st place), 200 IM (86th place), 400 IM (75th place)
Kate Krolikowski: 200 Free (77 place), 200 IM (71st place), 400 IM (105th place)
Riley Lexvold: 100 Back (91st place)
Eva Merrell: 100 Fly (Semi final 11th place), 100 Back (50th place), 100 Free (26th
place), 200 Back (semi final 9th place and SCS record), 50 free (34th
Daniel Gloude: 200 IM (87th place)
Chris Taber: 200 Fly (69th place)
"All of our athletes at Olympic Trials this year are here for the first time. The most important thing is for them to enjoy the experience and learn how to handle the pressure of such a big stage. All of the Aquazot swimmers gave their best, and have come away from the meet motivated to keep working hard and to hopefully make it back to this meet in four years with a chance to have an impact at this level of swimming."
-- Head Coach Brian Pajer
Olympic Trials was an experience of a lifetime for all swimmers at the meet and your AZOT teammates! They all have fun stories about their week in Omaha! Next time you see them on deck, ask their most memorable experience at Trials! In four years it could be you!!
Congratulations to Eva, Katie, Kate, Riley, Daniel and Chris!