Seven Hoosiers Compete in Final Wave I Competition
IU Places Four in Finals, DeWitt Secures Spot in Wave II
OMAHA, Neb. – The fourth and final day of action in the first wave of the 2020 Olympic Trials came to a close with seven Hoosiers in the pool at the CHI Health Center on Monday.
Qualified U.S. swimmers will compete in Wave I of Trials, in a wildcard bid to reach Wave II of the event and race to become a member of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team. The four-day Wave I Trials competition will feature many of the country’s rising talent, with the top two swimmers of every event moving to Wave II.
The Wave II eight-day Trials competition serves as the sole qualifier for pool swimmers on the U.S. Olympic Team for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Athletes will earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team roster at each of the eight finals sessions.
Rising sophomore Tristan DeWitt punched his ticket to the second wave of the Olympic Trials by winning the 200m IM A Final in a career-best time of 2:02.03. He claimed a spot in the A Final after winning the third heat of the prelims with a time of 2:03.96.
Recent graduate Thomas Vanderbrook finished 15th out of the B Final in the event with a time of 2:06.85. Senior Jacob Steele registered a time of 2:07.80 to place 16th. Both earned second swims with times of 2:05.44 and 2:06.22, respectively in the prelims.
Rising senior Brandon Hamblin placed eighth out of the A Final with a time of 23.02 in the 50m Freestyle. He sprinted out the sixth-fastest time of the preliminary heats in a career-best mark of 22.87. He dropped his seed time by nearly 0.3 seconds.
Recent graduate Laurel Eiber finished 32nd out of the second heat of the prelims with a time of 26.29. Graduate Griffin Eiber touched at 23.21 to place 39th in the prelims.
Sophomore-to-be Jassen Yep just missed out on a second swim in the 200m Breaststroke with a time of 2:18.03. He finished in a three-way tie for 17th place. In his second prelim race of the afternoon, DeWitt finished 31st in the event with a time of 2:20.44.
MEN’S 200m IM
1. Tristan DeWitt – 2:02.03 (2:03.96 in Preliminary Heats)
15. Thomas Vanderbrook – 2:06.85 (2:05.44 in Preliminary Heats)
16. Jacob Steele – 2:07.80 (2:06.22 in Preliminary Heats)
WOMEN’S 50m FREESTYLE
32. Laurel Eiber – 26.29
MEN’S 50m FREESTYLE
8. Brandon Hamblin – 23.02 (22.87 in Preliminary Heats)
39. Griffin Eiber – 23.21
MEN’S 200m BREASTSTROKE
t-17. Jassen Yep – 2:18.03
31. Tristan DeWitt – 2:20.44
2020 Olympic Trial action continues from the diving well in Indianapolis for the remainder of the week. Wave II of the swimming trials will begin on June 13 with preliminary heats of the men’s 400m IM, women’s 100m Butterfly, men’s 400m Freestyle, women’s 400m IM, and the men’s 100m Breaststroke.