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2016 Olympic Trial Qualifiers

2016 OLYMPIC TRIALS QUALIFIERS

Calvin Bryant

Calvin competed in his first Olympic Trials in 2016. Calvin is a relative newcomer to the national stage. He competed at the 2014 Orlando Grand Prix qualifying for the 2014 Conoco-Phillips US Nationals. He competed in both the 2014 and 2015 Conoco-Phillips US Nationals and achieved his Trial cut in the 1500M Freestyle at the 2014 national meet.  Currently, Calvin is a Senior at Florida State University.

Autumn Finke

2016 was Autumn’s first Olympic Trials.  Autumn is a recent graduate of the University of Florida. In 2015, she competed in her first NCAA Championships for the Gators in the 500 and 1650 Yard Freestyles.  She has also been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for 2013-14 and 2014-15, a 2015 CSCAA Scholar All-American, the 2015 Florida Lettermen’s Association Scholar of the Year, and a UF Anderson Scholar.

Robert Finke

Robert swam in his first Olympic Trials in 2016. He was the 2015 US Junior National Champion in the 5K Open Water event. At the 2015 Orlando Arena Pro Swim Series meet he placed 3rd in the 1500M Freestyle and finished 16th in the same event at the 2015 Conoco-Phillips National Championships.  Robert is a Senior at Countryside High School in Clearwater, has committed to swim at the University of Florida.

Summer Finke

Summer returned to Omaha for her second Olympic Trials in 2016. She has been competing at the national level since the age of 13 when she qualified for her first National Championships and the 2012 Olympic Trials. She was a member of the 2015-16 USA Swimming Junior National Team.  A multiple state finalist for Countryside High School, Summer is now a Sophomore at North Carolina State University.

Melanie Margalis

Melanie competed in her third Olympic Trials.  She grabbed her spot on the Olympic Team in the 200 Individual Medley, placing 4th at the Olympic Games, and was part of the gold medal winning 4 x 200 Free Relay in Rio.  Melanie is a current member of the USA Swimming National Team. She represented the USA at the 2013 World University Games, the 2014 Pan Pacs, the 2014 FINA SCM World Championships, the 2015 FINA World Championships and the 2015 Mutual of Omaha Dual in the Pool competition where she won the 200M Breaststroke.  Melanie is a graduate of the University of Georgia and a member of the 2013 and 2014 NCAA National Championship teams. She turned professional after college and continues to train towards Tokyo 2020.

Peyton Palsha

2016 was Peyton’s first Olympic Trials competition. She competed at the 2015 USAS SPEEDO Long Course Junior Nationals and the 2016 Arena Pro Series meet in Orlando. At the 2016 Florida Swimming Short Course Senior Championships, Peyton took three first place finishes.  Peyton WAS a 2014-15 USAS Scholastic All-American. She is a Freshman at the University of Arkansas where she recently received MVP of the team.

Megan Romano

2016 marked Megan’s third Olympic Trials. A former USA Swimming National Team member (2013-14) Megan has represented the USA at the 2008 World Junior National Championships, the 2011 and 2013 World University Games, the 2012 FINA SCM World Championships, and the 2013 FINA World Championships where she anchored two gold medal relays.  A graduate of the University of Georgia, Megan was a member of their 2013 NCAA National Championship team and in 2012 claimed an individual championship in the 200-yard freestyle in what at the time was an American record 1:41.21.