Swimmers competing at Charlotte Grand Prix
Five Broncs Competing at Charlotte Ultra Swim
CHARLOTTE, N.C.--Five members of the Rider University men's swimming team are competing at the 2012 Charlotte UltraSwim sponsored by USA Swimming May 10-13.
The 28th annual long course meet is being held at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in downtown Charlotte and is the sixth stop of the USA Swimming Grand Prix tour.
"This is a special meet for this group of guys and for our program because we haven't competed as a team on a national stage like this since USA Swimming hosted a Spring National Championship meet in 2002 in Minneapolis, Minnesota," said head coach Steve Fletcher. "At that time, we were represented by Dave van Heerden '02, Sam Engle '05, Bobby DeSandre '05, Brandon Pierce '04 and Dave Hoover '04."
Representing Rider University and the Rough Riders Aquatic Club this year is Drew Peterson (Boulder City, Nev./Boulder City), who will be a sophomore this fall. Peterson will compete in the 400 meter long course IM and has the 29th best seed time of 4:27.99, the 200 meter long course IM with a seed time of 2:06.03 which is 44th and will also compete in the 400 meter long course freestyle, entering the race with a seed time of 4:29.65 which is 85th.
Last summer, Peterson swam 4:27.99 in the 400 long course IM at the 2011 Speedo Junior National Championships hosted by Stanford University to qualify for the 2012 United States Olympic Trials Meet this coming June.
Also representing the Broncs is Johnny Funk (Las Vegas, Nev./Southeast Career & Tech. Academy), who is entering his senior season. Funk will complete in the 50 long course meter race, the 200 long course meter IM with a seed time of 2:06.95, which is 57th and the 100 long course meter backstroke entering the competition with the 78th best seed time of 50.21.
Another rising senior, Brian Molloy (Toms River/Toms River HS East) will swim the 100 long course meter freestyle and enters the meet with the 91st best seed time of 52.32 and the 200 long course meter freestyle, coming in with a seed time of 1:39.31 which is 124th.
Julien Hensen (Delafield, Wis./Kettle Moraine), who just completed his junior season, will swim the 100 long course meter breaststroke and enters with the 93rd best seed time of 55.90.
Molloy, Rider graduate Mike Tubb (Swedesboro/St. Augustine Prep), Funk and Hensen will compete in the 400 long course meter medley relay, entering with a time of 3:58.23.
"Competing in this environment tests our athletes at a new level and motivates them to endure the next training cycle with more energy and focus," Fletcher said. "It creates a new standard, and gives them something to shoot for. It's important for our team to be involved in top level USA Swimming sanctioned meets like the UltraSwim Grand Prix. Many of our athletes started swimming with goals to achieve success within the USA Swimming schedule and format. The NCAA calendar shouldn't prevent them from continuing to pursue these goals. Success in one season complements the other."