Vanderbilt sophomore Chrissy Oberg has qualified for the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials.
The 19-year-old recorded a time of 2:17.46 in the 200-meter backstroke recently to punch her ticket to Omaha, Neb., where the Olympic trials will be held June 25-July 2. The preliminary heats for the 200-meter backstroke begin June 30, with the semifinals to follow and the finals on July 1.
She is the first Vanderbilt swimmer to qualify for the Olympic trials since the program’s resurrection in 2006.
The 2012 Olympics begin July 27 in London.
Oberg met the qualifying standard while swimming for her club team, Y-Spartaquatics, in her hometown of Spartanburg, S.C. Coming out of high school she was considered the top swimmer in South Carolina and a five-star recruit, according to Swimming World Magazine.
“It’s really exciting for Chrissy but also for the program to have someone somebody at the U.S. Olympic team trials,” Vanderbilt coach Jeremy Organ said. “She’ll be representing her home club team but also Vanderbilt University. It’s a really big step forward for everybody.”