Jeb Halfacre and Stephen Swan Vying For A Spot in Olympic Games
NCAA National champions Jeb Halfacre and Stephen Swan are competing today (June 26) at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb. They are hoping to join fellow Moc, freshman Allan Gutierrez who has already earned a trip to the 2012 Olympics in London, representing his home country of Honduras in the 400-meter freestyle event.
Halfacre, who will be a senior in the fall, won the NCAA Division II 200-yard backstroke the last three seasons. He will compete in the 100 LC meter backstroke while Swan, who was a member of the Mocs' national champion 800-yard freestyle and 400-yard medley teams, will compete in the 200 LC meter freestyle today and the 100 LC meter freestyle event on Thursday.
This past spring, Halfacre won his third consecutive 200-yard backstroke national championship with a NCAA-record time of 1:43.41. He and Swan were part of the Mocs' 400-yard medley relay team which successfully defended its national title with a NCAA-record time of 3:12.43, as well as the 800-yard medley relay team which also set at NCAA record with a time of 6:27.73 to win the national title for the first time. Halfacre, a native of Gainesville, Fla., was named the Sunshine State Conference Male Athlete of the Year in 2012 for a second straight year. Swan is a junior from Snellville, Ga.
TUESDAY'S RESULTS: Swimming in the sixth heat of the 100-meter backstroke, Jeb Halfacre placed fourth with a time of 27.49. His time was 66th out of 127 competitors. In the 200-meter freestyle, Stephen Swan placed ninth in the fifth heat with a time of 26.58 which ranked 93rd of 124 swimmers.
THURSDAY'S RESULT: Swimming in the first heat of the 100-meter freestyle, Stephen Swan placed third with a time of 51.29. His time was 89 out of 165 competitors.