ORLANDO, FL - Rutgers junior Sean Smith (Oklahoma City, OK) swam a long course school record of 2:02.91 this morning in the 200 butterfly at the USA National Championships in Orlando, FL, to qualify for the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Long Beach, CA, July 7-14.
Smith, who is redshirting this year while he trains with the Rutgers team, became the third member of the Scarlet Knights to qualify for the trials. He joins teammates Kelly Harrigan (Bristol, CT) and Matt Campbell (Haddonfield, NJ) in earning an invitation to try out for the U.S. team. RU volunteer assistant coach and 2003 graduate Michelle DeFreese is also training with the Scarlet Knights in preparation for this summer’s competition.
Smith transferred to Rutgers from Arizona in 2002 and set a school record in the 400 IM at the BIG EAST Championships, winning the event in the time of 3:52.25. He also shattered the school record in the 500 free with a time of 4:24.20 and placed second in the event, while finishing third in the 1650 free with a time of 15:34. During the season, he also broke the school record in the 1000 free (9:16.28).
Smith will be competing over the next three days in an effort to qualify in several other events.