Five Nittany Lions ready for US Olympic Wave II trials
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania – Five members of the Penn State swim and dive program are scheduled to compete this week, June 13-20, in Wave II of the US Olympic Trials at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Michel daly, Hayden harlow, Maddie hart, Jake houck and Will Roberson will represent Penn State in Wave II. NBC Sports Network will air the daily morning preliminaries with NBC coverage of the nightly finals. Broadcast schedule and availability and streaming coverage are available here.
Daly will compete in three events starting with the 400 individual preliminaries on Sunday June 13 and the 200 free on Monday June 14. His last event, the 200 backstroke, is scheduled for Thursday, June 17. From Pearl River, New York, he won All-America honors with his 12e-placing finish in the 400 IM at the NCAA Championships after winning gold at the 2021 Big Ten Championships. He became Penn State’s first Big Ten Champion in the 400 IM with a career and school record of 3 : 41.09.
Once honorably mentioned by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) All-American, Daly’s name appears on the Nittany Lions’ All-Time Top 10 list eight times with his school record of 200 free time ( 1: 34.39) and third fastest time in 200 (1: 40.63). His third Penn State record came in the 1,650 freestyle and four of his best seven individual times are in that shot.
Maddie hart will swim the 100 butterfly on Sunday June 13. Hart, who competed for the Nittany Lions from 2015-2020, swam the school records butterfly leg in the 200 and 400 medley relays. She has competed in three events at the 2019 NCAA Championships, including the 100 and 200 butterfly, and is second all-time at Penn State in the 100 butterfly (51.64). She also notched two more top-five finishes during her career with the Nittany Lions as she is fourth in the 200 butterfly and fifth in the 100 backstroke.
Harlow (Bentonville, Arkansas) enters the block for the 200 IM on Thursday, June 17. Harlow holds Penn State’s second best time in this event (1: 44.64) with the top five Nittany Lion in the 200 breast (5e, 1: 58.12) and 400 IM (4e, 3: 47.23). He was 13th in the 200 IM at the 2021 Big Ten Championships, posting a time of 1: 45.62.
Houck and Roberson round off the Nittany Lions’ trip to Omaha as they both compete in the 50 freestyle on Saturday, June 19. Both were members of the record-breaking Penn State 200 Free and 200 Medley Relay teams in 2020-21.
Houck, an Honorable Mention All-American in 2021, has competed in three events at the 2021 NCAA Championships. The Mount Joy, Pa., Product helped set school records in the 200 freestyle relay (1: 16.88) and the 2021 Big Ten Championships, as part of the 200 Medley Relay Team (1: 24.86, fly). Houck recorded Penn State’s fourth-fastest time in the 50 freestyle (19.38) in his first Big Ten Championships.
Roberson (Fulshear, TX) competed at the 2021 NCAA Championships in the 50 and 100 freestyle events. He holds Penn State’s third-fastest times in the 50 free (19.17) and 100 free (42.90). At the 2021 Big Ten Championships, Roberson placed third in the 50 freestyle and 10th in the 100 freestyle (43.13).
Maddie cooke, Carly hart, Morgan rinn, Marie schobel and Stanford Cat competed in Wave I of the US Olympic Trials June 4-7.
American Olympic Trials Wave II – June 13-20
Morning foreplay starts at 11 a.m. ET
The evening finals of June 13 to 17 begin at 8 p.m. ET and 9 p.m. ET on June 18 and 19
Sunday June 13 – Michel daly – 400 MI, Maddie hart – 100 flies
Monday June 14 – Michel daly – 200 free
Thursday June 17 – Michel daly – 200 backs, Hayden harlow – 200 MI
Saturday June 19 – Jake houck – 50 free, Will Roberson – 50 free