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Ubellacker completes Olympic Trials experience

Rising senior Wyatt Ubellacker (Georgetown, Ky.) became the first MIT swimmer to compete at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials this week, racing in both the 50 and 100-meter freestyle events.
Rising senior Wyatt Ubellacker
Rising senior Wyatt Ubellacker
Photo: David Silverman

Rising senior Wyatt Ubellacker completed his U.S. Olympic Trials experience this morning with an outstanding swim in the preliminary heats of the 50-meter freestyle event, finishing second in his heat with a personal record time of 22.78 seconds. He also competed in the 100-meter freestyle trials on Thursday, finishing that race with another PR of 51.39 seconds.

Ubellacker, the first MIT swimmer to compete at the U.S. Trials, just missed out on moving to the semifinals in the 50-meter event. With the top 16 times advancing to the semis, Ubellacker was just 0.1 seconds shy of moving on, finishing an impressive 21st overall out of 167 competitors in his first Olympic Trials. Swimming in the 10th heat of the day, he was the third swimmer to break the 23-second mark. He entered the Trials with the 76th fastest qualifying time of 23.23 seconds.

On Thursday, Ubellacker started his Olympic Trials experience with the 100-meter freestyle. Swimming in the third heat of the day he finished third, recording a 51.39 second time that would wind up 102nd overall out of 165 swimmers that competed. He qualified with the 156th fastest time, a 51.40 seconds effort.

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