June 24, 2016
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Four members of the West Virginia University men’s swimming team will compete at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials from June 26-July 3 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
“We arrived today and had a chance to go see the venue,” WVU coach Vic Riggs said. “Each time I’m here I get chills at the thought of having the privilege of being here. For each of these young men I wish them the best, but I know they’ve done the job already by getting here. We have a great week ahead of us. We’ve had several prep meets this spring and they are swimming well. Now it’s time to trust in the work they’ve done and savior each moment this week. Anything can happen and you make your dreams happen here. I’m excited for them and looking forward to their swims.”
Heats will begin at 11 a.m. ET each day, while the finals will start at 7:45 p.m. ET.
Bohman, who graduated from West Virginia in 2014, will swim in the 100 backstroke (55:40) on June 27 and the 100 butterfly (53.73) on July 1. Bohman appeared in his first Olympic Trials in 2012 in the 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke and the 100 butterfly.
“Definitely going to the Olympic Trials in 2012 was very reassuring to go and get that experience,” said Bohman. “My plan has always been for 2016 to come out and really give it a realistic shot of making the Olympic Team. I’ve been going above and beyond in the pool, in the weight room, with my diet and with my sleep. There are so many components to just being an all-around athlete.”
Carr, a Charleston, West Virginia, native, will compete in his first Olympic Trials in the 200 individual medley (2:03.83) and the 400 individual medley (4:25.94). Carr will kick-start competition for the Mountaineers when he races in the 400 IM on June 26 and will swim in the 200 IM on June 30.
“It would be an incredible opportunity to be able to represent my country and my state of West Virginia, and I think it would be a lot of fun,” said Carr. “It’s been a tough road. West Virginia isn’t known for being a particularly strong swimming state when it comes to younger athlete development. I’ve had some great coaches. My family has been instrumental in keeping me motivated, supporting me. Without them I’d be without a lot of that support. Growing up in West Virginia means a lot. I’m blessed that I get to keep it up at this point in my life.”
Marsh, a Big 12 Champion in the 100 backstroke and a two-time WVU record holder in 2015-16, will compete in the 100 backstroke (55.95) on June 27, the 100 freestyle (50.17) on June 29 and the 100 butterfly (54.60) and the 50 freestyle (23.50) on July 1. This will be the Bemus Point, New York, native’s first time competing at the Olympic Trials.
“I made my Olympic Trial cut about nine months ago and ever since then, I’ve been anticipating this because it’s going to be the biggest meet of my life,” said Marsh. “I’ve done it for so long. I’ve been swimming for 12 years now, so I just know what I have to do exactly. I know how many kicks I have to take, how many strokes I’m going to take, where I’m going to breathe. It’s almost choreography essentially. I just have to go from point A to point B as fast as possible.”
A native of Chicago, Spencer will compete in his first Olympic Trials in the 200 breaststroke (2:18.28) on June 29.
“It’s going to be awesome to swim with the Flying WV and to be able to represent the school that has brought me so many opportunities in this sport,” said Spencer. “I’ve excelled greatly, so I’m very honored to be able to wear the WV at that big of a stage.
“All of us being together, like I said we’ve had a lot of meets together in the past few years. We’ve built a bond where we all get along. We all have the same goal to swim fast and get to the biggest stage as possible that we can. We want to show that WVU is a good swimming school.”
Swimmers with the top 16 times in the morning heats will advance to the semifinals. The top eight times in the semifinals will move on to the finals with the first- and second-place finishers in the finals qualifying for the 2016 Olympics.