Aljand Qualifies for Olympic Games; Four Aggies Qualify for U.S. Olympic Trials

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COLUMBUS, OH -- Five members of the Texas A&M women’s swimming & diving team qualified for the two fastest swim meets in the world to be held later this year during action at the Post-NCAA Long Course Invitational at McCorkle Aquatic Center on Sunday morning.

Junior Triin Aljand (Tallinn, Estonia), who qualified for the Estonian Olympic team in December, earned an automatic entrance into the Olympic 50-meter freestyle race with lifetime-best Olympic ‘A’ standard swim of 25.43. Aljand will also get the opportunity to swim the 100-meter freestyle after achieving the Olympic ‘B’ standard thanks to a swim of 55.82. Aljand won both the 50-and 100 freestyles on Sunday morning as well.

Sophomore Sarah Woods (Birmingham, Ala.) punched her ticket to the U.S. Olympic Trials with two standout swims in the 50 and 100-meter freestyles as well. Woods will get the chance to swim at her first-ever Olympic Trials after recording lifetime best swims of 26.16 and 56.90. The Olympic Trial standard in the 50 and 100 freestyles is 26.39 and 57.19, respectively.

Senior Erin Mahoney (Wichita, Kan.) earned a second swim at the U.S. trials after crushing the trials standard of 2:20.49 in the 200-meter individual medley. Mahoney clocked a time of 2:18.42 while sophomore teammate Melissa Hain (Kingwood) also qualified for a second event thanks to a swim of 2:19.00. The two Aggies finished in second and third position, respectively, in the competition.

Four-time Big 12 champion Christine Marshall (Newport News, Va.) earned herself a place in the 100-meter freestyle field at the U.S. Olympic Trials, along with Woods, thanks to a lifetime-best swim of 56.23 to finish second behind Aljand. Marshall has qualified in the 200-meter freestyle as well.

The U.S. Olympic Trials will be held in Omaha, Neb., from June 29-July 6 while the 2008 Olympic Games will be held in Beijing, China, on Aug. 8-24.

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