San Jose State's Kirsten Trammell - Encore!

Atlanta, Ga.-----Senior Kirsten Trammell is a two-time qualifier for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials by meeting the qualifying standard in the 200 breaststroke at the AT&T Winter National Meet.

Trammell swam a 2:35.55 in a preliminary heat and bettered the qualifying time of 2:35.99. The Spartans' co-captain tied for 19th place among the 90 swimmers entered in the event.

"I wasn't sure what was going to happen with this race, so getting the cut in it as well was really exciting," Trammell said after her qualifying swim. "(From afar) the team is so supportive and that really helped a lot."

"After a series of frustrating 200's, last summer, (assistant coach) Pete (Raycovich) and I made it a goal to really work on Kirsten's 200. She has been so 'coachable' this past year. It is great to see her hard work, laser-like focus, and dedication pay off," said San Jose State swimming and diving head coach Sage Hopkins.

Teammate Darcie Anderson posted a time of 2:38.07 to finish in 35th place. On the second day of the three-day meet, Anderson and Trammell qualified for U.S. Olympic Team Trials in the 100 breaststroke.

Trammell finished 18th in the 200 breaststroke "B" final late in the day. She posted a time of 2:34.11, more than a full second better than her Olympic Trials qualifying swim.

"This is the perfect way to complete the fall segment of our season. Probably, this was the most successful fall in program history.  Darcie and Kirsten give so much to the team and it is great to see them achieve," said San Jose State head coach Sage Hopkins.

The 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Meet is in Omaha, Nebraska, June 25-July 2.

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