O'Brien earns Canadian Olympic team nomination
ETOBICOKE, Ontario -- Rising senior Nathan O'Brien (Sammamish, Wash./Eastlake) earned a Canadian Olympic team nomination after defeating Canadian record-holder Keith Beavers and capturing the 200-meter backstroke with a time of 1:59.17 on Friday, July 9 at the Canadian Olympic Trials. O'Brien's time was just two hundredths (0.02) of a second off the Beavers' Canadian record. Beavers finished second in 1:59.36.
With the win, Swimming/Natation Canada has announced that O'Brien will be one of 20 swimmers nominated to the Canadian Olympic Committee. The team is comprised of 14 men and six women.
O'Brien is an NCAA All-American and 2002 Big 12 Conference Champion in the 200-yard backstroke. O'Brien placed second, behind Texas teammate Aaron Piersol, in the 200-yard backstroke at the 2004 Big 12 Championships.