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Finnigan to Compete at U.S. Olympic Team Trials

June 22, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Alicia Finnigan has qualified to compete at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Neb.

Alicia Finnigan has qualified to compete at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Neb.

Liberty freshman Alicia Finnigan has qualified to compete in the 200-meter butterfly at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, to be held June 26 through July 3 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.

Finnigan earned her spot in Omaha by swimming 2:14.05 for 200 fly at The Poseidon Last Chance Invitational in Richmond, Va., last weekend. She met the U.S. Olympic Trials standard of 2:14.99. She will be vying for one of 26 total spots on the U.S. women's swimming team for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.

A native of Sugar Land, Texas, Finnigan is the second student-athlete in program history to compete in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials while enrolled at Liberty. Brye Ravettine competed at the 2012 Olympic Trials in the 50-meter freestyle, finishing in 72nd place.

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Fans can follow the meet through live results and live video streaming, both courtesy of USASwimming.org. Links to both are available on the swimming schedule page on LibertyFlames.com. Additionally, NBC will provide live TV coverage of the evening session each day, from 8-9 p.m. Eastern. Select preliminary heats will be aired on a taped-delay basis from 7-8 p.m. Eastern on the NBC Sports Network.

The trials return to Omaha, Neb., for the third time, after being held in the CenturyLink Center in both 2008 and 2012.

Preliminary heats for each event will be held beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern each day. The top 16 times from preliminaries in each event advance to that evening's semifinal round. The fastest eight finishers in semifinals qualify for the final. In order to make the U.S. Olympic team in an individual event, an athlete needs to finish in either first or second place in the final.

Finnigan will compete in the 200 fly, next Wednesday, June 29. If she records one of the 16 fastest times in morning prelims, she would qualify for Wednesday's evening semifinals. The final for the 200 fly will take place on Thursday evening.

During the collegiate season, Finnigan had a standout freshman year. She earned CSCAA Scholar All-America honorable mention and was a CCSA All-Academic Team honoree. The Texas native excelled at butterfly as a freshman, finishing second in the 200 fly at the 2016 CCSA Championships, swimming a lifetime-best and NCAA B cut 1:59.53. Finnigan also made the A Final in both the 100 fly (fifth place) and 500 free (seventh) at the conference meet. She is currently ranked second in program history in the 200 fly.

Finnigan's entry time of 2:14.05 is 67th-best among the 103 entrants in the 200 meter butterfly prelims. There will be 11 preliminary heats on Wednesday morning, with the first heat tentatively scheduled for 11:19 a.m. Eastern.

Cammile Adams, the 2013 and 2014 NCAA champion for 200 fly and defending champion from the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, has the fastest seed time, 2:06.33. Adams placed fifth in the 200 fly at the 2012 London Olympics and second at the 2015 World Championships. California freshman Katie McLaughlin holds the second-fastest time, at 2:06.95. Maya DiRado (2:07.42) and Hali Flickinger (2:07.59) are seeded third and fourth, while 16-year-old Cassidy Bayer is fifth, at 2:08.03. Two-time defending NCAA champion Kelsi Worrell of Louisville is seeded sixth, at 2:08.61. Each of the top five finishers from the 200 fly at the 2016 NCAA Championships are entered in the field.