PVK, a true swimming legend at U-M, just won the 400 free at the Olympic trials, putting him in London for his third Olympics. Congrats, PVK!
U of M proud young man. Congrats to him as well for this great feat.
There were five, yes FIVE, Wolverines in the final of the 400 free. Wow.
The maize caps throughout the water were awesome.
Is there a video?
The former Michigan NCAA National Champ and All-American finished 3rd in the 400m medley behind Lochte & Phelps and will miss the Olympics in 400m IM after finishing second at the World Championships last year. Hopefully he has better luck in his other events and can make it to London, but it's going to be tough sledding after missing in his best event.
Nice ESPN write-up on him here:
Clary is an absolute beast -- just too bad how stacked we are in the 400 IM. Clary actually holds the short-course (25yard pool) American record in the 400 IM when he broke Phelps' record.
I knew Vanderkaay while I was a student...one of my hallmates from freshman year ended up living with him. One of the nicest, most sincere men you will ever meet. It's great to have guys like him represent the University!
Agreed, PVK is a very humble, sincere guy. I wish him all the best in London!
Took his medals and swam off into the sunset.
He held the world record in the 400 IM for eight years until a certain Michael Phelps broke it back in 2002. Dolan's family is from my original neck of the woods, Northern Virginia, and I remember when he was a kid tearing it up in the summer swimming league.
Craig Forys has qualified for the 3,000m steeplechase finals. A few weeks ago he took second at NCAA nationals in the same event. The race will on NBC Sports network on Thursday night with coverage starting at 9 EST
Geena Gall, Michigan star, just qualified for London in the 800m run.
Saw her run in the semis on Saturday and am stoked that she made the Olympic team. The Olympic trials are an amazing event to see in person. Plus, I loved sporting my Michigan gear and hearing someone shout "Go Blue" as I'm walking through the crowd.
Michigan's Sam Mikulak (NCAA champion last year as a freshman) will be competing at the Olympic Trials this weekend after winning the bronze in the U.S. Nationals a couple weeks ago (less than a year after breaking both ankles). The men's finals will be broadcast live Saturday from 4-6 on NBC, with the prelims live Thursday 5:30-8:00 on NBCSports. Syque Caesar, a senior, is already set for the Olympics, competing for Bangladesh.
in the Steeplechase semi-finals tomorrow. Evan Jager ran at Wisconsin and is an alum of my high school and former XC/Track teammate. Nicest kid in the world, and I'm rooting for him like I'm rooting for Denard to win the Heisman.
usa usa usa... go blue...
I just saw that on NBC. That was a great race for PVK.
Excellent. Another Michigan Olympian swimmer for me to watch.
whats in the water in their family home? all the vanderkaay brothers were awesome and so much fun to watch swim for team USA. Go Blue!!
I assume the Vanderkaay brothers would have been in the water.
We know three swimmers at the trials well, and they fell short yesterday, but what an accomplishment to make the trials. Swimming is a brutal, unforgiving sport. You are what your time says you are. No style points, no sucking up to coaches, and endless hours of looking at that black line on the bottom of the pool. No matter how you have performed before you have to be your best at the right moment at the trials. You might be third best in the world, but you have to be at least 2nd best in the US on that day to go to the Olympics. Hats off to everyone at the trials, and especially to the Michigan swimmers.
Does anyone know if there is a list of alumni or current student athletes who will be competing in the olympics?
Probably closer to the actual games in the local papers. What I've seen so far-
But no full list. Probably will be after everyone qualifies or not.
Interesting historical perspective-