Nitz qualifies for Olympic Trials

By Linda Younkin Published:

Fresh off winning two state swimming championships, Western Hills senior Kirsten Nitz has made a bigger splash.

Nitz qualified for the Olympic Trials in two events – the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke – last weekend at the Speedo Southeastern Sectional Swimming Championships in Greensboro, N.C.

“I’ve kind of been training for this all season,” Nitz said. “I wanted to get in the Olympic Trials in at least one event, and it’s really exciting to make it in two.”

At the sectional meet Nitz finished second in the 100 butterfly in a time of 1 minute, 1.31 seconds. She was fifth in the 100 back in 1:03.88. She was under the Olympic Trial cut time by 6/10ths of a second in the butterfly and 1/10th of a second in the backstroke.

“My coach (Marvin Watson) really thought I could get the times, and that was very encouraging to me,” Nitz said. 

“The week before I got a cold and I thought it might not happen since when I swim when I’ve been sick I don’t do as well, but God helped me do well.”

Nitz, a member of the TNT swim team, will compete in the Olympic Trials scheduled for June 25-July 2 in Omaha, Neb.

Her next meet will be a Grand Prix meet in two weeks in Indianapolis.

“I have another meet in a couple weeks and my coach is hoping I can get in another event as well,” she said.

Last month at the high school state meet Nitz won the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly.

She’ll swim for Wheaton College, an NCAA Div. III school in Wheaton, Ill., next fall.

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