Fleming Represents Pacific Swimming At U.S. Olympic Trials
Participating in the U.S. Olympic Trials for the first time in his young career, freshman Casey Fleming represented Pacific Swimming very well, competing in the 100 Back Tuesday, June 26.The San Jose product was one of 120 swimmers competing for a spot to London in the 100 Back. Fleming finished 86th with a time of 57.82, a hair slower than his qualifying time of 57.53. He did place 32 spots higher than his initial seed of 118th.
"Casey swam very well this morning," said head coach Peter Richardson. "He flew in a day later than originally planned, and he overcame that with a very strong race. This national experience will do very well for him as he aims to score at the NCAA Championships in the coming years."
Fleming was an All-MPSF Second Team selection in the 100 Back this past season. He placed sixth at the MPSF Championships, finishing with a time of 49.86. Fleming will wrap up his week competing in the 50 Free on Saturday, June 30.
Coach Richardson is also spending the week in Omaha, coaching a handful of athletes whom he has coached collegiately over the last five years at Fresno Pacific. One of those athletes, Cheyenne Coffman, swam a 1:00.94 in the 100 Back, placing seventh and earning a spot in tonight's semi-finals. Another top-eight finish tonight will have her vying for one of two spots on the Olympic Team in that event.