OMAHA, Neb. -- In the third night of finals action at the 2012 Olympic Trials, SwimMAC Carolina Team Elite member Nick Thoman (Cincinnati, Ohio, Arizona '08) earned his spot on the 2012 USA Olympic swim team by placing second in the men’s 200 backstroke.
Thoman was one of four swimmers to swim for a spot on the London roster during the evening, but the only one to earn a berth. By placing second, with a time of 52.86, behind Matt Gervers, he made his first Olympic team.
Eugene Godsoe (Greensboro, N.C., Stanford '10) also swam in the finals of the 100 back and came in fifth with a 53.61, faster than his semifinal time of 53.88, and a new personal best time in the event.
Just missing out in the 200 freestyle was Davis Tarwater (Knoxville, Tenn., Michigan '06, Oxford '10). Tarwater swam the race in 1:47.02 for seventh place, just one spot outside of making the team as the top six qualify for relays. Sixth place Charlie Houchin edged him out with a 1:46.88.
The youngest of the SwimMAC swimmers competing Wednesday evening was Micah Lawrence (Pflugerville, Texas, Auburn) in the 100 breaststroke. The rising senior at Auburn University placed seventh amongst a very talented field with a 1:07.63.
Thursday will be another exciting day for SwimMAC as the men’s 100 free is a stacked field for the club, as well as the men’s 200 breast and the women’s 200 fly. The night’s finals will give Tarwater his chance to make the Olympic team in the 200 fly finals.