March 27, 2012

OXFORD, Ohio - Four Miami University women's swimmers--Maegan O'Connor (Fishers, IN) and alumnae Megan Brunn--have qualified to compete at this summer's Olympic Trials.

They join diver Lacey Houser (Danville, IN) who qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials last summer. She competes in the 10-meter platform event.

Two of the four RedHawk swimmers earned their opportunity last weekend at the Central Zone Sectional Championships at Miami's Corwin Nixon Aquatic Center. Thornton qualified in the 100 backstroke last Thursday with a time of 1:03.17 and in the 200 backstroke last Sunday with a swim of 2:17.93. On Saturday, O'Connor swam an Olympic Trial qualifying time of 1:01.31 in the 100 butterfly.

Westrick qualified last Thursday for a second event in the Trials with a time of 26.26 in the 50-meter freestyle. Several months ago, she had previously qualified in the 100 butterfly (1:01.87).

Westrick, Thornton and O'Connor will all represent Miami University at the Trials in Omaha, Neb. from June 25 to July 2.

Brunn, a 2011 Miami graduate and four-time letter winner, has qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:11.21. Now living in Dallas, she will represent the RedHawk Aquatic Club at the Trials.

RedHawk coach Dave Jennings says the three current swimmers and Houser will train in Oxford leading up to the Trials.

"Traditionally, the United States Olympic Trials is the fastest swimming meet in the world," said Jennings. "Only two American women's swimmers per event will qualify for the Olympic Games in London, so our girls will have to lower their times significantly. I'm very pleased that they have earned this unique opportunity."

Miami's five Olympic Trial qualifiers will join seven other Mid-American Conference swimmers in Omaha, including two each from Toledo, Buffalo and Bowling Green, and one from Eastern Michigan.