For most any division III school, it’s a rare treat for an athletic program to have an Olympic Trials qualifier.
So it’s obvious to see why Grinnell’s swimming and diving squad is turning heads by boasting four qualifiers.
In March, not even a full day after completing an incredible performance at the NCAA championships, Michael Brus qualified for the United States Olympic Trials in the 200-meter backstroke. That event is slated for late June.
But that’s just the start of success for the Pioneers. Both Claire Williams and Claire Forrest have qualified for the U.S. Paralympic Trials in Bismarck, N.D., and assistant coach Deidre Freeman is a qualifier for the U.S. Diving Trials in Seattle, Wash. Those events are all in June, as well.