W&L's Alex Sweet Set to Compete at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials

LEXINGTON, Va. -- Former Washington and Lee swimmer Alex Sweet (Louisville, Ky./Kentucky Country Day) will compete in the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials held at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb., on June 29 - July 6.

Sweet will be competing in the 50 freestyle, which begins preliminary competition on Friday, July 4 at 11:00 am. The finals will be held on Saturday, July 5 and will be broadcast live on NBC from 8-9 pm.

Sweet (23.39) is seeded 83rd out of 115 swimmers in the event, which is considered to be the fastest and deepest in the history of the sport. The field is so deep that Gary Hall Jr., the defending two-time Olympic champion and U.S. recordholder, is seeded seventh. Topping the field are reigning world champion Ben Wildman-Tobriner (21.80) and world silver medalist Cullen Jones (21.82). U.S. Officials are expecting 5-6 athletes to post times under 22 seconds, which would be faster than any Olympic Final in history.

A total of 16 swimmers will advance to the semifinals, with eight athletes competing in the 50 free finals on July 5. Just two swimmers will qualify for the U.S. Olympic team in the event.