Brull Wraps up KU's Competition at Swimming Olympic Trials
June 30, 2012
|Soon-to-be senior Brooke Brull prepares to compete in the 14th heat of the 200 Back during preliminaries of the 2012 US Swimming Olympic Trials. Brull would finish the event in 122nd place overall with a time of 2:19.34.|
OMAHA, Neb. – Soon-to-be senior captain Brooke Brull was the final Kansas swimmer to toe the blocks at Olympic Trials, as she finished the preliminaries of the 200 back with a time of 2:19.34. Brull came in 122nd place overall, which was not enough to advance her to the semi finals Saturday evening inside the CenturyLink Center.
“She did a good job of getting out there especially that first 15 (meters),” said KU assistant coach Jen Fox. “She swam with great tempo but she just had kind of a rough time coming home, especially in that last 50.”
Brull who competed in the 14th heat was nearly four and a half seconds off of her 2:15.75 time, which punched her ticket to Trials this past spring. The Lake Quivira Kan. native’s first Trials swim came on the third day of competition (Wednesday) during the 200 IM, where she placed 85th with her 2:21.25 performance.
As a group, Kansas had five swimmers who were either listed as current, former or future student athletes compete at the week-long event. The handful of KU caps in the pool made Coach Fox quite proud to see.
“Just to get to this meet is a huge accomplishment,” she thought. “There are so many people here so it is such an awesome experience for them.”
Three of the five swimmers will be returning to Robinson Natatorium this fall with an Olympic Trials experience under their belt. That makes Fox hopeful of what’s to come in 2012-13.
“I think it will give them confidence and hopefully provide good leadership,” she explained. “It will be fun to have two freshmen and a senior as kind of book-ends to add strength to our program.”
That list of Trials returnees/newcomers for the Jayhawks includes Brull as well as incoming freshmen Chelsie Miller and Haley Molden. A complete wrap-up of KU’s Olympic Trials experience will come Monday to kuathletics.com