Nine members of the Kentucky Swim and Dive team have qualified to compete for a spot on the United States Olympic Team.
The nine swimmers are set to compete in the Wave II session of the Olympic Trials in Omaha, NE, after finishing in the top two in each of their respective events in the Wave I portion of the competition.
The Olympic Trials held a new format this year due to COVID-19, dividing competition into two waves, with the first wave held June 4-7, and the top two advancing to the second round of the Trials.
— Kentucky Swim & Dive (@UKSwimDive) June 11, 2021
The qualification for the Olympic team will follow the same format, with the top two finishers in each event plus the top six in the 100-meter and 200-meter events.
Wave II will be the sole qualifier for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The Tokyo Olympic Games, originally slated for the summer of 2020 but postponed due to COVID-19, will kick off on July 23rd, 2021.
Gillian Davey, a sophomore, boasts Kentucky’s highest seed, ranked 12th in the 200-meter breast event. She is followed closely by Bailey Bonnett, a senior, who is ranked 16th in the same event.
Wave II competition began earlier on Sunday, June 13th at 11 a.m. EST with competition continuing through to the finals on June 20th. Each early round will be broadcast on the NBCSports app, with semifinal and finals events broadcast across NBC channels.
Good luck to all of these Wildcats on their journey to the Olympics, and here’s to seeing the BBN represented in Tokyo later this summer!