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

— by on July 25th, 2015

Washington and Lee rising sophomore Tommy Thetford of the men’s swimming team will compete in the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials held at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska on June 26-July 3, 2016.

Thetford got his Olympic Trial cut in the 50-yard freestyle event with a time of 23.15 at the Speedo Sectionals in the Central Zone Section 3 Championships held at Ohio State University on Saturday. He is the first men’s swimmer to compete at the Olympic Trials since Alex Sweet ’08.

ODAC Rookie of the Year and a First-Team All-ODAC selection, Thetford earned All-America accolades in the 50-yard freestyle (20.17) and the 100-yard freestyle (44.44) events at the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships back in March. His time of 44.44 in the 100-yard freestyle set a new school record and broke Sweet’s previous record of 44.51 that was set in 2008.