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Bohman Notches Top-20 Finish at US Olympic Trials

July 1, 2016

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University graduates Bryce Bohman and Andrew Marsh concluded competition at the U.S. Swimming Olympic Team Trials on Friday, in Omaha, Nebraska. Bohman posted a top-20 finish in 100 butterfly, while Marsh swam in both the 50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly.

In the 100 butterfly, Bohman won his heat and finished 20th overall, touching the wall in a personal-best time of 53.37. Bohman, who improved on his career-best time by 0.36 seconds, came just 0.09 seconds shy of a top-16 finish and a spot in tonight’s semifinals. Due to scratches, Bohman is the second alternate in tonight’s semifinals, at 18th.

Marsh also competed in the 100 butterfly, finishing sixth in his heat and 73rd overall with a time of 54.81. He began the day in the 50 freestyle, where he finished 102nd overall with a time of 23.41.

“Today was a very good day to finish our last day of competition,” said WVU coach Vic Riggs. “Andrew swam two very good races to finish his career as a Mountaineer in the 50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly, both best prelim times. Bryce finished his week with a best time of 53.37 and an 18th-place finish after two scratches, just missing a second swim tonight. Though we didn’t reach our goal of getting a second swim this week, we did have our most consistent week with top-30 finishes, lifetime-best times, and swimming fast in prelims. Having Andrew place 20th in the 100 backstroke and Bryce at No. 18 in the 100 butterfly are the team’s highest placings at this meet in team history.

“I’m very proud of each of them this week. Obviously your goal is to come here and have everything go perfectly. When it doesn’t, you learn a lot about how mentally tough you are. The way each of these four young men competed and made the appropriate adjustments to find those best times and swims this week was great to see and says a lot about each of them.” 

Bohman and Marsh were two of four Mountaineers to compete at the trials at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center. They were joined by WVU graduate Max Spencer and rising senior Nate Carr. Bohman, Carr, Marsh and Spencer raced in a total of nine events at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

The meet opened on Sunday, when Carr placed 78th in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:32.62. Monday’s competition was highlighted by Bohman and Marsh’s top-30 finishes in the 100-meter backstroke. In a field of 183 swimmers, Marsh placed 20th overall with a personal-best time of 55.63, while Bohman touched the wall in 30th with a 55.91. Wednesday, Marsh tied for 46th place overall and finished second in his heat with a time of 50.46 in the 100 freestyle. Making his lone trials appearance, Spencer raced in the 200 breaststroke, finishing 60th with a time of 2:19.11. On Thursday, Carr competed in the 200 individual medley, finishing second in his heat and 30th overall with a personal-best time of 2:03.44.

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