Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Glenview's favorite swimmer finished in fourth, two places under qualifying for the U.S. Olympic team. Catch Olivia swim her next event on Friday when she hits the pool for the 100-meter freestyle preliminaries.
Olivia Smoliga swam well Wednesday night—but not as well or as fast as the favored Missy Franklin. Glenview’s Smoliga finished fourth in the finals of the women’s 100-meter backstroke at the Olympic Trials in Omaha. As impressive as was her performance, she just didn’t have the finishing kick of fellow 17-year-old Franklin. Want Glenview news in your inbox every morning? Subscribe to Patch's newsletter. The victor picked up speed as if she had afterburners in the final lap to set an American women’s record of 58.85. Rachel Bootsma was runner-up and an Olympic qualifier at 59.49. Smoliga had a perfect lead-in to her event: water-borne Olympic idol Michael Phelps won the previous heat. The Glenview Titan, who finished third in the semis, …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Glenview's favorite swimmer has outperformed Olympic medalists and is one step away from booking a trip to London. After a grueling day of competition, Patch talked with the 17-year-old athlete before she hit her pillow Tuesday night.
Coach Steve Iida doesn't know why, but says Olivia Smoliga is “kind of an evening swimmer." "She usually swims faster in the evening than in the morning," he shared with Patch Tuesday night. Whatever the reason, Iida has scouted his prize pupil, Glenview’s prospective Olympic swimmer, just right in the U.S Olympic swimming trials in Omaha. Want Glenview news in your inbox every morning? Subscribe to Patch's newsletter. Smoliga came out at night on Tuesday to swim a second faster than in the prelims earlier in the day in the women’s 100-meter backstroke. She finished third, one slot better than in the morning heat. Ending up No. 3 has qualified her for a real shot at an Olympic berth in the finals at 7 p.m. Wednesday. "It's insane, it's …
The 17-year-old will compete again Tuesday evening in Omaha for a place on the 2012 US Olympic swimming team.
Glenview's Olivia Smoliga has moved into the semi-finals for the Olympic Trials with a fourth fastest qualifying time, The Chicago Tribune reports. More: Check out photos from Olivia Smoliga's spirited Glenview send off Smoliga, who will be a senior at Glenbrook South in the fall, finished the back stroke race in 1 minute and 0.60 seconds. The record-setting swimmer will compete in the next race Tuesday night. Stay tuned to Glenview Patch for a Q&A with the star swimmer following the trials. Want Glenview news in your inbox every morning? Subscribe to Patch's newsletter.