OMAHA, Neb. – UMBC swimming and diving rising junior Patrick Husson (Camp Springs, Md./DeMatha) finished in 99th place out of 132 swimmers in the 200-meter breaststroke at the US Olympic Trials, Thursday afternoon at the CenturyLink Center.
Attempting to become the first Retriever to compete for the United States at the Olympic Games, Husson touched the wall in a time of 2:22.24, the second-fastest time of his career, to place seventh in heat four. After all 14 heats were complete his time placed in the top-100 in the event, but did not qualify him for this evening's semifinals.
"We're extremely proud of what Patrick has accomplished," said UMBC head coach Chad Cradock. "The Olympic Trials can be a difficult and challenging experience, but he handled it well and swam a tremendous race."
Husson, who swims for the Retriever Aquatics Club (RAC), was also looking to become the second Retriever competing in London as UMBC teammate Mohamed Hussein (Cairo, Egypt/Victory College) has already qualified in both the 100m freestyle and 200m individual medley for his native country, Egypt. Already the national record holder in the 200 IM, Hussein recently broke the Egyptian record in the 100 free with a time of 50.59.
Rising senior Pierre De Waal (Pretoria, South Africa/Tuks Sport/Cleveland State) also reached his country's Olympic Trials, but fell just short in South Africa back in the spring.
The 2012 Olympic Summer Game held in London will begin with an Opening Ceremony on July 27. The swimming events during the Games will be held at the Aquatics Centre at the Olympic Park and will run from Sat., July 28 through Sat., Aug. 4, with the 10k marathon events taking place on Aug. 9-10.