Noah Lucas and Colin MacQuarrie each competed in the 50-meter sprint, racing against the fastest swimmers in the nation with the top two qualifiers in the event realizing dreams of making it to this summer's Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to represent the United States.OMAHA, Neb.-- Two University of North Dakota swimmers had an opportunity of a lifetime Friday at the U.S. Olympic Trials, held at Century Link Center.
"I'm really proud of the way our sprinters handled the big stage today," UND head swimming and diving coach Chris Maiello said. "They competed hard, executed the race plan and ended up with some solid performances. Congrats to Colin on finishing his career in grand fashion and we're looking forward to Noah's senior season with the Fighting Hawks."
Lucas touched in 23.54 to finish in a tie for 120th amongst the field of 169 competitors. That moved him up 30 spots from the pre-race preliminary standings. His personal best in the event is 23.26.
MacQuarrie had a personal record of 23.10 heading into Friday's action. He would close out a stellar career with a 24.08 showing.
The pair qualified for the trials after etching times below the time standard of 23.29 since July 30, 2014. Jacob Wielinski, who just completed a superb rookie season at UND, will compete in the 1500 tomorrow.
Lucas, MacQuarrie compete at the US Olympic Trials
Extras for the North Dakota fan
UND INSIDER Live and On-demand Audio & Video
Swim recap 2-23: Harris, Strom
Swim recap 2-22: Harris
Swim and Dive - WAC Championships Preview
Swim preview 1-27-17: Maiello
Team Swap: UND softball and swimmers switch sports
Archived Meet 10-15-16: Swimming and diving
Archived Meet 10-14-16: UND vs. USD, UNC
Post 10-14: Maiello, Strom, Pigliacampi, Zelen
Archived Meet 10-8-16 vs SCSU
Post 10-7-16: Strom, Maiello
Post 9-30: Maiello
UND at the Olympics: Jacob Wielinski Post Race Interview