AUSTIN (KXAN) — The U.S. Swimming Olympic Team is fully formed after the country’s best swimmers competed for a prestigious Olympic spot at the Team Trials in Omaha, Nebraska.
In total, there are 53 swimmers going to the Olympics and 11 of them are teenagers, including 15-year-old Katie Grimes. Many are comparing Grimes to Katie Ledecky as Ledecky made her first Olympics at the age of 15 at the 2012 London Games.
The Lone Star State was well-represented at the swimming trials with Texas natives and current/former Texas Longhorns in competition. Additionally, three Texas Longhorns are already planning their trips to Tokyo on the U.S. Olympic Diving Team.
Below we’ll break down who’s heading to the Tokyo Olympics.
Texas swimmers qualified for the Tokyo Olympics
Townley Haas: The former Texas Longhorn is on his way to Tokyo, finishing second in the 200-meter freestyle final. Haas will compete for Team USA in the 200 free. Haas, who earned a gold medal on Team USA’s 4 x 200-meter freestyle relay in the Rio Olympics in 2016, will make his second appearance in the Olympic Games.
Simone Manuel: The 2016 Olympics gold medalist in the 100-meter and as part of the 4x100m medley will be representing Team USA after taking first in the 50-meter at the 2021 Trials. The Sugar Land native also won silver medals the 2016 games in the 50 free and 4×100 relay.
Caspar Corbeau: The Texas Longhorn will swim for the Dutch National Team. Corbeau, who is a dual citizen of the Netherlands and the United States, will compete in the 100-meter breaststroke and 200-meter breaststroke.
Erica Sullivan: The incoming Texas Longhorns freshman finished second in the 1,500-meter freestyle, punching her ticket to Tokyo. The Las Vegas native finished behind Katie Ledecky in Wednesday night’s final.
Drew Kibler: The Texas Longhorns junior finished right behind Haas in the 200 free, placing third in the final. Kibler will join Haas on the 4 x 200-meter freestyle relay.
Natalie Hinds: The Midland, Texas native qualified for Tokyo in the 4x100m freestyle relay with a fourth place finish at the trials. This will be the first Olympic Games for the former Florida Gator.
Lydia Jacoby: Jacoby is one of the 11 teenagers on Team USA. The 17-year-old finished second in the 100-meter breaststroke, cementing her place in history as the first Alaskan swimmer on Team USA. Jacoby is committed to the University of Texas swim program.
Texas divers qualified for the Tokyo Olympics
US Olympic Diving Trials wrapped up last weekend at IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis, Indiana. Diving events will be held from July 25 to August 7 in Tokyo. Three Texas Longhorns will join the team.
Texas Longhorns head diving coach Matt Scoggin has been named the U.S. Olympic Diving Team Assistant Coach for the 2020 Olympic Games. This is Scoggin’s fourth Olympiad, serving as an assistant for Team USA.
Alison Gibson: The Austin native and former Texas Longhorn qualified for the Women’s Synchronized 3-meter Springboard Team with her diving partner Krysta Palmer. Gibson became the Longhorns’ first NCAA diving champion in 10 years when she won the 1-meter springboard during her freshman year.
Hailey Hernandez: The youngest female diver going to Tokyo for Team USA at age 18, Hernandez is a four-time Texas state champion from Southlake. She placed second at the Trials, finishing with 926.55 points with consistent dives. Hernandez is a 10-time junior national champion. Hernandez will attend the University of Texas as a freshman in 2021.
Jordan Windle: The Texas Longhorns senior will continue his prodigious diving career in Tokyo. Windle will represent Team USA in the Men’s 10-meter Platform. At the age of 22, this was his third Olympic Trials, competing in 2012 on synchronized platform and 2016 on platform. Windle was born in Cambodia and was adopted by his father at 18 months old. At UT, Windle won the NCAA 1-meter national championship, finished second on 3-meter and fourth on platform. at the 2021 NCAA Championships, second on 3-meter and fourth on platform.