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Local Swimmer Qualifies for Olympic Trials

Mar 07, 2016 12:00AM ● By Source: The Sierra Marlins Swim Team

Fair Oaks' local, Liam O'Haimhirgin, qualified over the weekend for the Olympic Trials at the 2016 Speedo USA Sectionals Championship Series. Photo courtesy The Sierra Marlins Swim Team

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Sierra Marlins Senior swimmer Liam O’Haimhirgin recently qualified at the 2016 Speedo USA Sectionals Championship Series in College Station, Texas, for the 2016 USA Swimming Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb., which takes place June 26th through July 3rd.

O’Haimhirgin, age 18, hails from Fair Oaks, Calif., and swam a 50.52 in the men’s 100-meter freestyle event to qualify for the Trials. O’Haimhirgin is committed to swim for PAC 12 division University of Utah in the fall.

O’Haimhirgin joins fellow Marlins teammate Bryce Mefford, age17, of El Dorado Hills, Calif., who previously qualified for the Trials in the men’s 100- and 200-meter backstroke, and added the 100-meter butterfly over the weekend. Three recent Sierra Marlins alumni are also competing at the 2016 Olympic Trials: Jordan Anderson (sister of 2012 Olympians and former Marlins: Haley and Alyssa Anderson) in the 400-meter individual medley, Whitney Jorgenson in the 200-meter breaststroke and 400-meter individual medley, and Stephanie Klotz in the 200-meter breaststroke.

The Sierra Marlins finished third overall at the Speedo USA Sectionals meet in College Station, Texas, and Bryce Mefford was first runner up for the Individual High Point award.

The Sierra Marlins Swim Team, led by Head Coach Scott Shea, is one of the top competitive USA Swimming Clubs in the country and is located in Folsom, Calif., with swimmers from all over the greater Sacramento region. The Marlins team is recognized by USA Swimming as a Silver Level Team, a special recognition designated by USA Swimming to acknowledge a club’s commitment to performance excellence.

Source: The Sierra Marlins Swim Team