July 17, 2008
PROVIDENCE, RI - Three Brown men's swimmers, Brian Kelly '08 (Weston, MA), Daniel Ricketts '09 (Baltimore, MD), and Peter Volosin '08 (Roanoke, VA), competed at the 2008 Olympic Trials, held in Omaha, Nebraska from June 29-July 6. All three posted at least one best time while there and each improved upon their initial seeding by at least 10 spots in their respective events.
First to compete was Volosin, who swam the 400 Free. Seeded 67th with a time of 3:59.83, Volosin swam a time of 3:59.99 and moved up to 51st place out of 67 competitors. Volosin, who initially missed the cut in the 1500 free by less than one second, made the trials for the 1500 Free 10 days before the event. Seeded 56th with a time of 15:48.54, Volosin improved his positioning to 42nd (out of 74) with a time of 15:48.46.
Kelly and Ricketts both swam in the 100 Free, which had 118 swimmers competing. Seeded 45th with a time of 50.82, Ricketts improved his time by eight tenths to finish in 30th with a time of 50.03. This bodes well for next season, as 25 of the competitors who finished ahead of Ricketts were all collegiate grads. Kelly also improved his positioning, starting 108th with a time of 51.51, Kelly matched his best time and moved up to 94th place with a time of 51.51.
Kelly also swam in the 50 Free. Seeded 41st with a time of 23.14, Kelly earned a time of 22.89 to move up to 31st out of 113 swimmers. Ricketts also competed in the 100 Fly and had the biggest jump of any of the Brown swimmers in positioning. Seeded 107th with a time of 55.56, Ricketts posted a time of 54.37 to finish in 39th out of 105 swimmers.