With a little more than a month to go before the start of the 2012 Summer Olympics, Team USA is beginning to take shape.
The Olympic Swimming Trials will be held next week in Omaha, Nebraska with a trip to London on the line for the hopefuls.
Among them is 19-year-old Sean Murphy from Hudson. He’s competing with hopes of making the team in the 100m breaststroke.
Sean is a graduate of Walsh Jesuit and attends the U.S. Naval Academy. He’s trying to earn the chance to represent the nation he already defends at the Summer Games.
His trip to Omaha has had a few twists, including a switch in specialties. He originally competed in the backstroke in high school. He’s had to overcome a serious hand injury and just a few years ago seriously contemplated giving up the sport. His swim club coach convinced him otherwise and pointed him toward the London Games.
Just making it to the trials is a huge accomplishment. Less than one-half of one percent of those involved in the U.S. Swimming program have a shot at even making the Olympic team.
His mother describes Sean as “freakishly athletic.” All that strength and stamina comes in handy since he trains 20 hours per week in the pool at the Naval Academy in addition to his studies and military responsibilities.
Sean is no stranger to the big names of the sport. In 2011, he finished ahead of Olympic swimming superstar, Michael Phelps, at a meet held at the Naval Academy.
Preliminaries for the 100m breaststroke begin Monday, June 25 at 11 a.m.
You can follow all the trials action and Cleveland and Ohio athletes already headed to London on our Olympics site at http://www.nbcolympics.com/WKYC/