2012 Olympic Trials will feature three Mustang swimmers

SMU women swimmers Raminta Dvariskyte, Nina Rangelova, and Therese Svendsen all qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials after an impressive showing at the Austin Grand Prix this past weekend.

The three Mustang swimmers all helped SMU finish at the top of the standings in each relay they competed in.

Dvariskyte led SMU to a second place finish in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 4:20.36 as she swam the second leg of the race.

Rangelova swam the opening leg of the first place 400-meter freestyle relay team that finished with a time of 3:51.90 and Svendsen was an improtant asset to winning 400-yard freestyle relay team.

The trio also posted more than respectable individual finishes although no swimmers were able to capture a first place finish.

Dvariskyte, a breaststroke specialist, placed second in the 200 meter breast stroke with a time of 2:33.03 and also took fourth place in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 11:12.92.

The junior is no stranger to the Olympics considering she competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games as a part of the Lithuania National Team.

Rangelova claimed sixth place in both the 200-meter freestyle (2:01.47) and the 400-meter freestyle (4:16.22).

Like Dvariskyte, Rangelova also competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The freshman was a member of the Bulgarian National Team.

Svendsen, last year’s Conference USA Swimmer of the Year, took fifth place in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 1:02.54.

The junior also finished fifth in the 200-meter backstroke with a time of 2:15.59.

SMU will take on the University of Texas in a head to head meet when they return to Austin on Feb. 5 at 1 p.m.

That will be the Mustangs’ last meet before the Conference USA Championships which will take place on Feb. 23 in Houston, Texas.

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