Saluting Those Who Qualified for U.S. Trials

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Saluting Those Who Qualified for U.S. Trials


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Competing in the Olympics is a rare accomplishment for an athlete, and we’ve featured the current and former Tar Heel athletes who will be competing in London. But before we launch headlong into those events, we wanted to take a moment to recognize those who qualified for the U.S. trials. Even though they didn’t make the team, just getting invited to the trials is quite an accomplishment.

Among those who performed well were rising junior Stephanie Peacock, who finished sixth in the 800-meter freestyle swimming with a career-best time that set a new UNC record, and Scott Knox ’10, whose U.S. handball team was one of only three U.S. teams that failed to qualify for the Olympics (synchronized swimming and men’s field hockey were the others).


Here are Tar Heel women, mostly swimmers, and the events in which they qualified for the trials but who did not make the U.S. Olympic team:

Erika Acuff ’01: swimming events

Cari Blalock, junior: 100 fly, 200 Fly, 200 IM, 400 IM

Addie Bracy ’09, UNC volunteer assistant coach: 10,000 meter

Rebecca Brooks, senior: 200 back

Madison Burns, freshman: 400 IM

Candace Cooper ’12: 100 back

Kelsey Cummings, sophomore: 400 free, 800 free

Erika Erndl ’01: 50-meter frees semis, finished 11th

Sheena Gordon ’06: triple jump

Meredith Hoover, junior: 200 fly

Katie Keel ’12: 100 breast

Emily Kelly, junior: 200 free

Laura Moriarty ’12: 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 IM

Katie Nolan, senior: 100 fly, 200 fly

Emma Nunn, freshman: 200 fly, 200 IM, 400 IM

Stephanie Peacock, junior: 200 free, 400 free, 800 freestyle (6th, career best time, new UNC record)

Marie Pesacreta ’12: 200 IM

Katie Rechsteiner, junior: 100 breast, 200 breast

Charlotte Ruby, freshman: 200 fly

Jackie Rudolph, senior: 800 free

Danielle Siverling, sophomore: 100 free, 200 free, 400 free

Carly Smith, senior: 100 back, 200 back, 200 IM

Sarah Tanner ’12: 100 fly


These Tar Heel men, also mostly swimmers, qualified in these events for the trials but did not make the team:

Brian Bollerman, sophomore: 200 breast

Steve Cebertowicz ’12: 50 free, 100 free

Ben Colley, freshman: 200 fly

Kyle Ficker, junior: 50 free

John Paul Gaylor, sophomore: 1500 free (finished 57th)

Alex Gianino, junior: 200 IM, 400 IM

Dominick Glavich, sophomore: 100 fly, 200 fly

Nic Graesser, freshman: 100 back

Tyler Harris ’11: 400 free, 200 breast, 200 IM, 400 IM

Logan Heck, freshman: 100 free, 200 fly

Joe Kinderwater ’11: 400 free, 1500 free

Scott Knox ’10: Team Handball

Sam Lewis, freshman: 100 back

Tom Luchsinger, senior: 200 free, 400 free, 200 fly, 400 IM

David MacDonald ’12:  three-meter diving

Patrick Myers, sophomore: 100 back, 200 back, 400 IM

Brett Nagle, senior: 400 free, 1,500 free (19th place, personal-best time)

Dan O’Connor, junior: 1500 free, 400 IM, 1500 free (28th place)

Clayton Parros, senior: 400 meter

Vinny Pryor ’11: 100 breast

Evan Reed ’12: 100 free, 200 free

Wil Singley ’12: 200 IM, 400 free

David Speese, sophomore: 100 breast, 200 breast

J.T. Stilley, junior: 200 free, 400 free

Tommy Wyher ’11: 100 free, 100 back, 100 fly


Trying Out for Other Countries

These Tar Heels competed in other countries’ trials but didn’t make their Olympic Teams.


Lauren Earp, freshman: 50, 100, 200 and 400 free, 100 breast

Annie Harrison, freshman: back and IM events

Matt Kwatyra, freshman: back and IM events


Tasha Stanley ’12: 800 meter run (6th place)


Mateo Sossah ’11: decathlon

Victor Leclere ’12: fly events


Stephanie Eisenring, senior: 400 free

Clifton Barnes ’82