LONDON - Spending her Spring Break across the pond in England this week, senior Charlotte Brackett turned in a time of 26.87 in the prelims of the 50 free on Friday at the British Olympic Trials in London to just miss a berth into this evening's semifinals and thus culminate her career with Spider Swim & Dive.
"It was awesome to see Spider Swimming in this building," said head coach Matt Barany, who joined Brackett in London this week. "Cha was smiling and nervous. This wasn't just any 50 free - the venue, the country, the conclusion of her career. She has represented Richmond well, and we're grateful for her service."
Brackett (Bethel, Pa./Bethel Park) qualified for the 2012 Trials after turning in a time of 26.72 at August's Super Sectionals hosted by the University of Pittsburgh, putting her well under the Trials qualifying standard of 26.88.
The Richmond and Atlantic 10 record-holder in the 200 free, Brackett captured gold in both the 100 and 200 free at February's A-10 Championships. She currently ranks third in the Spider record books in the 100 free and fourth in the 50 free. Brackett is also a member of all five of the Spiders' record-holding relay squads, including the 200 and 400 medley relays that reset the conference marks at February's A-10 Championships.
A pair of Spiders in junior Lauren Hines (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley) and sophomore Mali Kobelja (Fort Wayne, Ind./R. Nelson Snider) has also qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials and will take part in the U.S. Olympic Trials scheduled for June 25-July 2 in Omaha, Neb. This brings the total to six Olympic Trials qualifiers (Brooke Boncher, 2004; Lauren Beaudreau and Katie Sieben, 2008) representing the Spider program over the last decade.
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