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Verity Abel and Mike Seaberg
Swimmers Secure Additional U.S. Olympic Trials Cuts
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 06/13/2016
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Blue Devil swimmers added United States Olympic Team Trials cuts in two more events over the weekend at the GCY Sprint and Distance Meet, held at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Rising junior Verity Abel surpassed the trials standard in the 400-meter freestyle with a 4:16.07 clocking, giving her a trials cut in her third event. The Westport, Conn., native has also secured Olympic Trials berths in the 400 IM and in the 800 freestyle.

Rising senior Mike Seaberg qualified for trials in his second event, posting a time of 1:03.55 in the 100 breaststroke. Seaberg previously punched his ticket to Omaha in the 50 freestyle.

Another breaststroke specialist, rising senior Dylan Payne, was under the trials standard in the 100 breaststroke as well with a 1:03.58 swim in Greensboro. Payne already earned his trials cut in the event last summer.

A total of 24 swimmers with Duke ties have collected U.S. Olympic Trials cuts for this month’s team trials event in Omaha, Neb., marking a program record. The 24 Blue Devils qualified include 17 current swimmers, four incoming freshmen and three Duke alumni.

The U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming are set for June 26 through July 3 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha. The trials will be broadcast on NBC networks and mobile platforms.

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