June 25, 2012
OHAMHA, Neb. -
As the United States Swimming Olympic Trials get underway this week at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., the University of Alabama will be represented by 11 members of its past, present and future.
Among that group, seven current student-athletes will be joined by three signees and one alumni at what will undoubtedly be the fastest meet held in the United States this year. The competition will be fierce for the two Team USA spots available in each individual race for the London Olympiad.
Junior Reese Shirey, from Muscle Shoals, Ala., will swim in the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke, while sophomore Devan Terry from Louisville, Ky., will swim in the 100m and 200m breaststroke. Sophomore Cameron Conners from Huntsville, Ala,, will also swim in the 100m breaststroke while freshman Ian Decker from Fairfax Station, Va., will swim the 400m individual medley.
Sophomores Hunter Hinson form Cairo, Ga., and Andrew Wrist from Charlotte, N.C. will both compete in the 200m butterfly. Kaylin Burchell, from Richmond, Ky., looks to cap a strong freshman campaign at Alabama with a solid showing at the Olympic Trials.
In addition to the Crimson Tide's seven veterans, three of its signees, Michelle Rielly, Brian Westlake and Crews Wellford will also be competing at the Trials.
Rielly, from Columbus, Ohio, will swim 100m backstroke. Westlake, from Penryn, Calif., will swim the 1500m freestyle while Wellford, from Memphis, Tenn., will join Shirey in the 200m backstroke.
Joining in the festivities will be 2011 senior All-American Kate Shannon Gray, a native of Northport, Ala. The school record holder in the 200m and 400m IM, she will swim in the 200m breaststroke and 200m IM.
The U.S. Olympic Trials will get started with the men's 400m IM, 100m breaststroke and 400m freestyle as well as the women's 100m butterfly and 400m IM.