Swimming Sends Five Athletes to the U.S. Olympic Trials

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - Five current Michigan State swimmers and one recent graduate will compete next week at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Neb. The trials to determine who will represent the United States at the upcoming London Olympic Games, is set for June 25-July 2 at the CenturyLink Center.

The Spartans who will be competing are Lauren Baisden, Pat Falconer, Jacob Jarzen, Jenny Rusch and Bryan Williams, in addition to recent graduate and volunteer assistant coach Kevin Puskaric.

Jarzen, who was an honorable mention All-American this spring as a junior, will attempt to qualify in four different events - 100m butterfly (Saturday, June 30), 100m freestyle (Thursday, June 28), 100m backstroke (Tuesday, June 26) and 200m backstroke (Friday, June 29).

Williams will join Jarzen in the 100m butterfly heat, while Falconer qualified for the 200m freestyle and will swim in the heats on Tuesday, June 26

For the women, Baisden will swim the 200m backstroke heats on Saturday, June 30, while Rusch is in the field for the 50m freestyle on Sunday, July 1.

Puskaric, who graduated from MSU in December, will be the first Spartan to compete, swimming the 100m breaststroke on Monday, June 25. He will also be in the field for the 200m breaststroke on Thursday, June 28.

Each of the top two swimmers in every event, plus four more in the 100m and 200m, will punch their tickets to London.