Senior Kevlyn Richards (Gig Harbor, Wash.) has qualified for her second major swimming competition within the past year, posting a time good enough to earn a spot at the World Championship Trials, taking place in Indianapolis, Ind., June 25-29.
This past Saturday, May 4, Richards competed at the May Flowers Swim Meet, hosted by the Bellevue Club Swim Team at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center. She posted the fastest time in the 200 meter breaststroke with a mark of 2:36.73, but it was her split for the first 100 meters that was important.
Richards swam the initial 100 meters in her race in 1:11.66, 13/100ths of a second below the qualifying standard set by USA Swimming of 1:11.79. She is now eligible to compete in the 50 meter breaststroke and 100 meter breaststroke at the 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships and World Championship Trials at the Indiana University Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI.
“I am really happy I got the cut on my first try,” Richards said. “It is the boost of confidence I need going into the World Championship Trials. I am also really thankful for the coaches being willing to take the time to do this with me in the offseason, for my teammates who supported me along the way, and for my family.”
Last year, Richards qualified for the United States Olympic Trials on her fourth attempt with a time of 1:12.17 in the same pool. Since then, she finished second at the Western Athletic Conference Championships in the 100 yard breaststroke with a school-record and NCAA “B” cut time of 1:01.95 and also finished sixth in the 200 yard breaststroke.
According to the schedule currently posted on the USA Swimming website, the women's 50 meter breaststoke, Event 22, will take place Thursday, June 27, while the women’s 100 meter breaststroke is labeled as Event 29 to take place Friday, June 28. The preliminary heats each day are scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. local time.