Wilmington’s Cari Blalock qualifies for U.S. Olympic Trials

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Submitted: Fri, 05/18/2012 - 3:07am
Updated: Fri, 05/18/2012 - 3:35am

CHAPEL HILL, NC (UNC sports release) – The University of North Carolina aquatics program, under the direction of head coach Rich DeSelm, boasts 42 qualifiers, 21 men and 21 women, at the present time for U.S. and international Olympic Trials qualification meets in the next two months. This total includes both current and past swimmers and divers as well as a cadre of incoming freshman swimmers. It also includes several Tar Heels who will be at Olympic Trials meets in other nation.

The 2012 USA Swimming Olympic Trials will be held at Omaha, Neb., from June 25-July 2 of this year. The 2012 U.S. Olympic Diving Trials will be conducted June 17-24 at Federal Way, Wash. David MacDonald, UNC Class of 2012, has qualified for the U.S. Olympic Diving Trials.

Here is a complete list of Tar Heel women who have qualified for the upcoming U.S. Trials, including year in school or graduating class and their respective events:

Cari Blalock; Junior; 100 Fly, 200 Fly, 200 IM, 400 IM
Rebecca Brooks; Senior; 200 Back
Madison Brooks; Freshman; 400 IM
Candace Cooper; Class of 2012; 100 Back
Kelsey Cummings; Sophomore; 400 Free, 800 Free
Meredith Hoover; Junior; 200 Fly
Katie Keel; Class of 2012; 100 Breast
Emily Kelly; Junior; 200 Free
Laura Moriarty; Class of 2012; 100 Breast, 200 Breast; 200 IM
Katie Nolan; Senior; 100 Fly, 200 Fly
Emma Nunn; Freshman; 200 Fly, 200 IM, 400 IM
Stephanie Peacock; Junior; 200 Free, 400 Free
Marie Pesacreta; Class of 2012; 200 IM
Katie Rechsteiner; Junior; 100 Breast, 200 Breast
Charlotte Ruby; Freshman; 200 Fly
Danielle Siverling; Sophmore; 100 Free, 200 Free, 400 Free
Carly Smith; Senior; 100 Back, 200 Back, 200 IM
Sarah Tanner; Class of 2012; 100 Fly

Here is a complete list of Tar Heel men who have qualified for the upcoming U.S. Trials, including year in school or graduating class and their respective events:

Brian Bollerman; Sophomore; 200 Breast
Steve Cebertowicz; Class of 2012; 50 Free, 100 Free
John Paul Gaylor; Sophomore; 1500 Freev Alex Gianino; Junior; 200 IM, 400 IM
Dominick Glavich; Sophomore; 100 Fly, 200 Fly
Tyler Harris; Class of 2011; 400 Free, 200 Breast, 200 IM, 400 IM
Logan Heck; Freshman; 100 Free, 200 Fly
Joe Kinderwater; Class of 2011; 400 Free, 1500 Free
Sam Lewis; Freshman; 100 Back
Tim Luchsinger; Senior; 200 Free, 400 Free, 200 Fly, 400 IM
Patrick Myers; Sophomore; 100 Back, 200 Back, 400 IM
Brett Nagle; Senior; 400 Free
Dan O’Connor; Junior; 1500 Free, 400 IM
Evan Reed; Class of 2012; 100 Free, 200 Free
Wil Singley; Class of 2012; 200 IM, 400 Freev David Speese; Sophomore; 100 Breast, 200 Breast
J.T. Stilley; Junior; 200 Free, 400 Free
Tommy Wyher; Class of 2011; 100 Free, 100 Back, 100 Fly

Among the Tar Heels who have qualified for or already competed in Olympic Trials on foreign soil will be incoming freshman Lauren Earp, Matt Kwatyra and and Annie Harrison of Canada, rising senior Stephanie Eisenring for Switzerland and 2012 alumnus Victor Leclere for France.

The Canadian Trials were recently completed. Earp was one of the most versatile of all of UNC’s competitors as she plans to swim the 50, 100, 200 and 400 meter freestyles and the 100 meter breaststroke. Harrison competed in the backstroke and IM events while Kwatyra competed in backstroke and IM as well.

Eisenring will be competing for the Swiss in the 400-meter free while Leclere is a butterflier seeking a spot on the French team.

The 2012 London Olympic Games are slated for July 27-August 12, 2012. Swimming competition run from Saturday, July 28-Saturday, August 4.

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