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Collier High School Insider: Barron Collier swimmer Mason Laur qualifies for Olympic Trials

Tom Yetter

Alexander Martin and Andrew Sodergren, Naples Daily NewsPublished 10:00 a.m. ET Sept. 5, 2019

Barron Collier junior Mason Laur hasn’t competed in many national swimming events, but he certainly made his impression felt at the Junior Nationals on the campus of Stanford University.

Competing in the 200-yard butterfly, Laur posted the top time in both the preliminary and final round in qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Trials, to be held in Omaha, Nebraska in June. Laur recorded a time of 1:59.25, easily eclipsing the qualifying time of 2:01.19.

Barron Collier junior Mason Laur poses with T2 Aquatics coach Eric Nelson after Laur won the gold medal in the 200-yard butterfly at the Junior Nationals in Palo Alto, California, last month. (Photo: Submitted photo)

“This was one of the first big national events I’ve been to,” he said. “I definitely thought it was possible to reach the trials cut time, but I didn’t think I’d go that far under it. I’m super excited about it. It’s definitely nice to know all my hard work in the pool has paid off.”

A member of T2 Aquatics in Naples, Laur has been working with coach Eric Nelson in the past year on improving his starts and turns. Those efforts have resulted in shaving seconds off his time.

Laur is one of the top high school swimmers in Collier County. Last year, he finished third in the 200-yard individual medley and fourth in the 100-yard butterfly. He also swam a leg on two top-four relay teams at the state meet.

While he’d like to add an individual state gold to his rapidly improving resume, he’s more excited about the prospects of the Barron Collier relay teams. With only Oscar Madsen graduating, Laur said he likes the Cougars’ chances of improving on last year’s finishes. In one relay, the Cougars are returning all four swimmers.

“We expect our relay teams to do real damage at the state meet,” he said. “After last year, we know what to expect.”

As for what he expects at the Olympic Trials, he says he’s keeping his goals modest.

“Qualifying for the Olympics next year is a pretty big stretch,” he said. “I’m excited to go there, get some experience and keep improving my time. If I was ever to make a run at the Olympics, 2024 would be much more realistic than next year.”

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