Wodoslawsky Qualifies for 2012 Olympic Trials in 100 Breaststroke, Two Others Compete at Indianapolis Grand Prix
March 5, 2011
Photos Courtesy of UD Media Services
INDIANAPOLIS - - A week after placing second at the 2011 Colonial Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships in the 100-meter breaststroke, Michael Wodoslawsky qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials swim meet at the Indianapolis Grand Prix and Indiana University Natatorium.
Wodoslawsky (at right) was joined by teammates Ross Buckwalter and Zach Schiavo who also competed in the national swim meet. Buckwalter joined Wodoslawsky in the 100 and 200-meter breaststroke events while Schiavo swam the 50 and 100-meter freestyle, as well as the 100-meter butterfly events.
Wodoslawsky, a senior from Damascus, Md., placed 18th in the preliminaries of the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:04.52. The time of the swim is much more important then the placing, in this matter. He needed to beat a time of 1:04.69 in order to qualify for the 2012 United States Olympic Trials-Swimming on June 25-July 2 at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb.
With that time and place, he earned a spot in the ‘C’ Finals of the 100-meter breaststroke, and placed 21st with a time of 1:04.98. However that time was slower, his preliminary time still holds for the Olympic Trial meet in June. Of the three Blue Hens who participated in the Indy Grand Prix, Wodoslawsky is the only swimmer to reach any of the three levels of finals.
Buckwalter missed the Olympic Trial cut in the 100-meter breaststroke by less than a second, coming in 30th in the preliminaries with a time of 1:05.49.
Schiavo competed in three events in Indianapolis, finishing in a personal best 45th in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 24.46.Schiavo needed to shave less than a second off his time (23.49) to qualify for the Olympic Trials. He also placed 47th in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 52.77. That was also long by less than a second (51.49) for the Olympic Trials. In his final event, he competed in the 100-meter butterfly, coming in 69th with a time of 58.87.
Wodoslawsky and Buckwalter also competed in the 200-meter breaststroke, with Wodoslawsky finishing in 43rd and Buckwalter placing 54th in the prelims. The duo needed to beat 2:20.79 in the event to qualify for the Olympic Trials, but Wodoslawsky finished in 2:29.55 while Buckwalter’s time was 2:45.10.
The Indianapolis Grand Prix is open to the world’s best swimmers, as the likes of 16 Olympic medalist Michael Phelps was also competing, winning the 200-meter freestyle, the 100 and 200-meter butterfly, so far this weekend. Olympic team members Ryan Lochte Jason Lezak are among other notable names competing in Indianapolis.
Again, Wodoslawsky will attend the 2012 United States Olympic Trials-Swimming on June 25-July 2 at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb., looking chance to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Eng.
The trio will swim at the Short Course Invitational on Sunday in hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Division I Men's National Championships held a the University of Minnesota from March 24-26.
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