Megan Moroney, a former University of Virginia standout, was one of only two scratched athletes on day one of the U.S. Olympic Trials Wave I event.
In the women’s 100 back, Moroney was the 24th seed and would have finished just inside the circular seeded heats. Moroney was a 17-time NCAA All-American between 2016 and 2020, but after the coronavirus epidemic moved the Olympics and Olympic Trials to 2021, she would have had to extend her competitive career another full year after graduation. Since the ACC Championships in February of 2020, Moroney had not logged any swims in USA Swimming’s database.
The other scratch from today’s heats was in a similar predicament. Henry Gaissert, who finished his senior year in 2020, was a multi-time Ivy League scorer for Yale. This morning, he was scratched out of the 100 free slots.
AUBURN, Ala. – AUBURN, Ala. – The Auburn swimming and diving programme will be well-represented at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, over the next two weeks.
Wave I starts on Friday and lasts until Monday. Ten current Auburn swimmers are slated to compete, as well as six members of the Tigers’ 2021 class who committed in November.
Abby Gibbons, Colby Hurt, and Hannah Ownbey are sophomores in the women’s group, which also includes fifth-year senior Mykenzie Leehy, a graduate transfer from Houston who recently signed with Auburn. Avery Bargeron and Lexi Mulvihill, incoming freshmen, will also compete in the first wave of U.S. Trials.
Ty Babinec, Elliott Jones, Reid Mikuta, Lleyton Smith, Aidan Stoffle, and Matthew Yish are the current men’s psyche sheet swimmers. Signees Henry Bethel, Jacques Rathle, Andrew Simmons, and Nate Stoffle will join them.
At Wave I, there will be a total of 16 Tigers competing in 14 different events.
*Avery Bargeron – 100 Fly
Abby Gibbons – 200 Fly
Colby Hurt – 200 IM, 400 IM
**Mykenzie Leehy – 50 Free, 100 Free
*Lexi Mulvihill – 50 Free
Hannah Ownbey – 200 IM, 400 IM
*Henry Bethel – 100 Breast, 200 IM
Ty Babinec – 100 Breast
Elliott Jones – 100 Back, 200 Back
Reid Mikuta – 100 Breast
*Jacques Rathle – 400 IM
*Andrew Simmons – 200 Back
Lleyton Smith – 100 Back, 200 Back
Aidan Stoffle – 50 Free, 100 Free, 100 Back, 100 Fly
*Nate Stoffle – 100 Back
Matthew Yish – 50 Free
The Olympic Swimming Trials in the United States were split into two meets to enable for a fewer number of participants to attend due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Wave I swimmers had to meet the original Olympic Trial qualifying times, whereas Wave II swimmers had to meet a more recent, quicker set of qualifying marks.
Auburn’s Brynn Curtis, Emily Hetzer, and Averee Preble have been invited to Wave II, which will take place June 13-20. The top two competitors in each event from Wave I will be invited to compete in Wave II.
Wave I – Schedule of Events
Friday, June 4: 100 Free, 100 Back, 200 Fly, 800 Free (timed final)
Saturday, June 5: 200 Free, 100 Breast, 400 IM
Sunday, June 6: 400 Free, 100 Fly, 200 Back
Monday, June 7: 200 IM, 50 Free, 200 Breast, 1500 Free (timed final)