Host of Texas Swimmers to compete at U.S. National Championships
STANFORD, Calif. -- The University of Texas men's and women's swimming teams will be well represented at the upcoming 2004 ConocoPhillips USA National Swimming Championships as a combined 29 current UT men's and women's swimmers are set for competition this week at Stanford University's Avery Aquatic Center. The meet will run from Tuesday, August 3 through Saturday, August 7. Preliminaries are scheduled to start daily at 11:00 a.m. (CST) and the finals are slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. (CST).
Eighteen current members and one Texas Ex from the women's squad combine with 11 swimmers on the men's side to join the 800 plus US athletes who are participating in the meet.
In 2003, Texas' men's and women's freestyle relay teams captured first place in the 400 and second in the 800 in their respective National Championship events.
This year, former Longhorn All-American Tanica Jamison (1999-2003), who competed in five events at the U.S. Olympic Trials, will race the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle as well as the 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley to lead the women's swimmers over the next five days at Nationals.
On the men's side, also fresh off Olympic trials competition, sophomore All-American Garrett Weber-Gale (Fox Point, Wisc.) and juniors Wade Kelley (Marietta, Ga./Walton) and Christian Schurr (Austin, Texas/Stephen F. Austin) will lead the men's swimmers. Weber-Gale enters the 100-meter freestyle as the second seed in the 100-meter freestyle, having just missed qualifying for the Olympic roster with a seventh-place finish at the Olympic trials in Long Beach, Calif. two weeks ago. Kelley enters as the four seed in both the 200-meter butterfly and 400 individual medley, while Schurr is seeded third in the 100-meter breaststroke and fifth in the 200-meter breaststroke.
Additional meet information, including schedule of events, psych sheets and meet rosters, can be found at 2004SwimNationals.org.