Caroline Bentz, Emma Atkinson, AJ Pouch and Forest Webb qualified for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials during their time in Greensboro at the Toyota U.S. Open Championships. In case you missed the Hokies swim, NBC Network will stream a taped version of the U.S. Open Championships on Dec 10 for viewing at 4:30 pm.
U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS QUALIFIERS & EVENTS
Caroline Bentz: 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke
Emma Atkinson: 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke
Forest Webb: 100 backstroke
AJ Pouch: 200 breaststroke
Junior Caroline Bentz took her A game to Greensboro. She started day three with her first Olympic Trials qualifying time during prelims in the 100 bac stroke at 1:01.18. Bentz finished the finals in fifth place with a time of 1:01.21.
Taking that momentum into the next day, she qualified in the 200 backstroke during finals on day four with a time of 2:12.25, finishing fifth.
Also swimming backstroke, Emma Atkinson showed out alongside Bentz. With a time just behind Bentz in the 100 backstroke during day-three prelims, Atkinson finished with a time of 1:01.40 and qualified for the Olympic Trials. She finished the finals in sixth place with a time of 1:01.64. During day-four prelims, Atkinson swam 2:12.64 in the 200 backstroke, making the Olympic Trials cut. She later beat that time in the finals, placing fourth with a time of 2:11.00.
Continuing his strong back stroke performances, Nico Garcia Saiz made the A final during the day-four prelims in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:01.28. He finished second overall in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:59.49.
Forest Webb started day three prelims with his first Olympic trials qualifying time in the 100 backstroke, finishing at 55.54. He placed sixth overall during finals with a time of 55.71.
AJ Pouch finished off the U.S. Open strong by making the A final in the 200 breaststroke during day-four prelims with a qualifying time of 2:14.78. Pouch later went on to beat that time in the finals, finishing fifth with a time of 2:13.06.