OMAHA, Neb. – Two members of the Yale men's swimming and diving team were among the thousands to compete at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials that concluded on Monday. Rising sophomore Rob Harder and incoming freshman Kevin Stang both got a chance to go up against some big names in the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., where 47 swimmers were ultimately chosen to represent the U.S. at the London Olympics.
Last Friday Stang competed in the 200-meter backstroke, where he finished 32nd out of 107 with a time of 2:03.05. Stang was less than half a second off of his seed time of 2:02.61 from the 2011 Speedo Junior National Championships last year. Swimming for the Lake Erie Dolphins, Stang finished a respectable fourth in his heat of 10 swimmers, but with only the top 16 times advancing to the semifinals only one of the swimmers in his flight would move on. The two Olympic qualifying spots went to Ryan Lochte and Tyler Clary.
Two days later Harder swam in the heats of the 1500-meter freestyle. He posted a time of 16:36.17, representing the Wilton YMCA Wahoos Swim Club. The qualifying spots for London went to Andrew Gemmell from the University of Georgia and Connor Jaeger from the University of Michigan.
The 2012 U.S. Olympic Team roster is available here.
Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity