Atlanta, Ga.-----Senior Kirsten Trammell and sophomore Darcie Anderson of the San Jose State University women's swimming and diving team swam qualifying times in the 100 breaststroke for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team trials at the AT&T Winter National Championships.
Trammell (Goodyear, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) was timed in 1:11.30 and Anderson (Willows, Calif./Orland HS) in 1:11.31 in the long course preliminary heats at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. The qualifying time for the Olympic Team trials next June in Omaha, Neb., is 1:12.19.
In the 100 breaststroke final (courtesy of USA Swimming & youtube.com) later in the day, Anderson posted a faster time of 1:11.29 to finish in 23rd place. Trammell placed in 26th place with a 1:12.04 time.
"It is so exciting to finally get my Olympic Trials cut. I couldn't have done it without my coaches or my amazingly supportive team. (Kirsten) Trammell is an awesome teammate who has pushed me in the water and I am so glad we were both able to qualify together," said Anderson, who was named a day earlier as the San Jose State female student-athlete with the top cumulative grade-point average at the department's annual Scholar-Athlete Awards breakfast.
"This (an Olympic Trials qualifying time) is something I've been working towards for years, so to finally get it is a nice feeling," said Trammell, a fifth-year senior who is the school record holder in the event for short course competition.
"I am absolutely thrilled beyond words for both Darcie and Kirsten. Both are excellent leaders, very hard workers, and tremendous students. Darcie has improved markedly over the past two seasons with us, and for her to get her Olympic Trial cut mid-season speaks volumes as to how hard she has worked and the progress she has made," said San Jose State head coach Sage Hopkins.
"Kirsten has been the central pillar of our team's leadership for the past five seasons. Day-in and day-out, she is leading from the front and working as hard as anyone I have ever coached. I am so proud of what she has accomplished."
Trammell and Anderson will conclude their competition at the AT&T Winter National Championships on December 3 swimming in the 200 breaststroke.