TRIALS DAY FIVE - Cote and Stokes both claim a podium finish on the final day of competition

Lauren Wilson

The final day of Olympic Trials was filled with excitement and a little bit of sadness as we watched the final races of some of our senior swimmers. 

Ella Varga brought the heat in Women's 200Back, finishing the final in 5th with a huge best time of 2:11.95. Way to go Ella! 

Men's 200Back had both Richie Stokes and Rob Hill competing in the event. Stokes popped under the 2 minute mark for the first time in prelims and continued this trend into finals, ending with a 3rd place podium finish and a final time of 1:59.52. Great race! Rob Hill also had a solid race, finishing the day in 8th and a time of 2:04.06. 

The Dinos had four swimmers entered into the 400IM event. Allison McCloy finished the day in 7th place with a personal best of 4:51.29 - that was McCloy's fourth event of the meet. 

It was also Brian Palaschuk's fourth event of the meet. He ended the day in 7th with a final time of 4:26.65. Matthew Ketchin swam a 4:37.49 and finished in 13th. 

Our final 400IM competitor was Tristan Cote. Cote raced his way to the podium for a second place finish with a time of 4:23.13. Great work Cote! 

The last race of the evening was the Men's 800Free. Peter Brothers finished with a time of 8:10.96 putting him in fifth place. 

That's a wrap for Olympic Trials this year! Keep reading for a special quote from Coach Mike Blondal:

"We had a great swim meet with so many best times. Many swimmers advanced in placing and times and are positioned well for the next step into 2024 Paris. The hardest part of the Olympics is to make the team as it’s an unforgiving standard that demands a performance. Without out a doubt we are disappointed for the swimmers who will be retiring and did not achieve their goal, however, we wish them well in their next exciting steps in life. Go Dinos!"