@GonzagaSwimDive Alums Compete at Olympic Trials

The 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming began on Sunday, June 26 and will continue through Sunday, July 3 in Omaha, Neb., and is one of the premier events in all sports. This event serves as the ONLY selection meet for the U.S. Olympic Swim Team competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in the pool.  Click here for more from the USA Swimming website  >>>

On Sunday, June 26, Brennan Novak ’15 (Harvard) was the first Aqua Eagle to take the pool. His 1st event result was: 72nd place in 400 meter free (3:59.97).  Novak will compete again in the 1500 later in the week.  Unfortunately, video of Brennan’s race was not captured.

On Monday, June 27, both Jase Ashkin ’16 (Syracuse, but will not swim in college as Syracuse does not have a swimming program) and Ryan Baker ’16 (Virginia) competed in 100 meter back.  Click the images below to watch both races via @GonzagaSwimDive on Facebook:

Ashkin - Olympic Trial 100bk thumb

Baker - Olympic Trial 100bk thumb.jpg

On Tuesday, June 28, Baker also competed in the 100 meter free Time Trial.  Ryan is in lane 7, 3rd from the top (10 lanes, 0-9):

Today, June 29, Paul O’Hara ’13 competed in the 100 meter Time Trial in preparation for his 50 meter free trial later in the week:  Paul is in lane 5, 6th from the bottom (10 lanes, 0-9):

The opening ceremony at the beginning of the week was packed, and the national anthem mirrored the Gonzaga Commencement tradition of full crowd participation due to technical issue. Watch the wonderfully patriotic rendition here:

Here area few photos from the travel to Omaha:

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