Does Age Matter Trials Finalists by the Numbers

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By Alan Karickhoff, Swimming World College Intern

Every year I’m surprised by the number of teens, barely old enough to drive, placing in the finals of their respective events at the U.S. Olympic Trials.  I’m also amazed to see Olympians that I watched in their first Olympic Games, when I was 10, still qualifying for the finals heat this year.

For the oldest male finalist qualifier this year, we saw Anthony Ervin (Unattached MAC/UCB), 35, who placed second in the 50 free and fourth in the 100 free. Natalie Coughlin (California Aquatics), 33, represented the oldest female finalist qualifier this year placing eighth in the 100 back. At the opposite end of the timeline, Robert Finke (Saint Petersburg Aquatics), 16, denoted the youngest male swimmer in the finals, placing seventh in the 1500 free. For the women, Cassidy Bayer (Nation’s Capital Swim Club), also 16, placed fourth in the 100 fly and third in the 200 fly.

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