Irvine, Calif.-----Freshmen Kiley Foster and Erika Harvey swam qualifying times in the 50 meter freestyle for the 2012 U.S. Olympics Team trials on the second day of the 2012 Speedo Grand Challenge meet at the Woollett Aquatic Center.
Foster, from Alta Loma, Calif. (Alta Loma HS), posted a time of 26.23, and Harvey from Palo Cedro, Calif. (Foothill HS), was clocked in 26.35 seconds for 50 meters in a preliminary heat of the 200 freestyle. The marks were personal bests for each freshman and bettered the 26.39 time required to qualify for the Trials, June 25-July 2, in Omaha, Neb.
With these qualifying performances, five members of the 2011-12 San Jose State University women's swimming team are on their way to the U.S. Olympic team trials meet. In Atlanta, Ga., last December, senior Kirsten Trammell and sophomore Darcie Anderson recorded qualifying times in the 100 breaststroke. And, recently, Western Athletic Conference Women's Swimmer of the Year Marisa DeWames posted a qualifying time in the 50 free.
"San Jose State now has five who have qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials and we hope to have a few more over the course of the weekend," said Sage Hopkins, the Spartans head coach in women's swimming and diving.
Hopkins points to sophomore Ashlyn Acosta, who finished a preliminary heat of the 100 butterfly in 1:02.17. Eighth out of 159 entries, she was 0.18 seconds off of the U.S. Olympic Trials qualifying standard. The graduate of Mission Viejo (Calif.) High has a second chance when she swims in the final during the May 26 evening session.
Other San Jose State swimmers in the second day of the three-day meet include junior Julia Craddock who posted the 12th best time among 59 entries in the 400 individual medley with a 5:02.08; and DeWames, 36th out of 156 in the 200 freestyle at 2:08.04.
In first day action, DeWames finished eighth in the 50 free with a 26.75 time.