Every swimmer’s dream is to qualify for the Olympic Trials. Three Towson swimmers were able to achieve that dream.
Men’s team junior Nick Breschi (Baltimore/Loyola Blakefield H.S.), and women’s team seniors Hannah Snyder (Cary, N.C./Apex H.S.) and Jenna Van Camp (Herndon, Va./Herndon H.S.) qualified for the 2016 United States Olympic Swimming trials.
The Tigers earned qualifying times at the Potomac Valley Swimming Long Course Senior Championship, hosted by the University of Maryland last weekend. The trio will travel next summer to Omaha, Nebraska for the week-long meet that runs June 26-July 3, 2016.
“Qualifying for the Olympic Trials is a dream of every swimmer growing up in our sport,” head coach Pat Mead said. “It is viewed as the pinnacle of competitions for swimmers. These three swimmers have their parents to thank for their unwavering support of them over the years. I applaud their commitment equally to that of the athletes.
“To reach this level of competition requires a great deal of smart choices and sacrifices,” Mead added. “Our goal moving forward is to have 16 student-athletes qualify before the 2016 trials.”
Breschi, who qualified in the 100-meter backstroke, becomes just the second male swimmer in school history to qualify for the Olympic trials.
Snyder qualified in the 400-meter individual medley. Van Camp, who qualified earlier in the month in the 200-meter breaststroke, qualified in the 100-meter breaststroke last weekend.
This is the first trip to an Olympic Trials meet for both Breschi and Snyder. Van Camp competed as a high school senior in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming trials in the 100-meter breaststroke event.