Maui Sports

2 Maui Boys to Swim in US Olympic Trials

June 29, 2012, 4:23 PM HST
* Updated July 1, 1:52 PM
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Seabury Hall’s Renny Richmond at the state championships earlier this year. Photo by Rodney S. Yap.

By Rodney S. Yap

Seabury Hall senior-to-be Renny Richmond will swim the 100-meter butterfly at the US Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Neb., on Saturday.

Richmond is seeded 30th with a qualifying time of 53.88 seconds. The favorite in the event is reigning Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps at 50.65, while Ryan Lochte is seeded fifth at 52.32.

The 17-year-old Richmond, who has five state medals to his credit, is the defending junior national champion in the 100-meter butterfly. He came up short in his attempt to break the national high school record in the 100-yard event at the state championships here in February.

The 100 fly qualifying heats and semifinals are Saturday, with the final set for Sunday.

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Fellow Mauian and Seabury graduate Randall Tom, 25, is also in Omaha and will also be swimming the 100 butterfly on Saturday. Tom is seeded 40th.

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A former UC Irvine standout and two-time NCAA finalist, Tom is familiar with the pressures of the trials. In 2008 he advanced to the semifinals of the 100 fly.

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