KINGS POINT, N.Y. (June 24, 2016) – Next week, former U.S. Merchant Marine Academy swimming standout and 2015 Admiral Giles C. Stedman Trophy winner Kevin Lindgren '15 will be competing in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. The eight-day meet will be held at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb. from June 26 until July 3. Lindgren is vying to qualify for and represent Team USA at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Lindgren will be swimming in one event during the trials – the 100-meter backstroke. The 100- and 200-backstroke were the Palm City, Fla., native's signature events while at USMMA. He holds the Academy and Landmark Conference records in both backstroke events and was an eight-time All-American and four-time National Runner-Up over the two events combined throughout his career.
This is the second time that Lindgren has qualified for the Olympic Trials, as he also did so back in 2012, but he did not compete at the event then. The Trials are one of the fastest and most intense meets in the world. Lindgren will become the first swimmer out of the Academy to compete at the Olympic Trials.
"I am so proud of Kevin for qualifying for his second straight Olympic Trials," said USMMA Head Coach Sean Tedesco. "He combined his talent with hard work, determination and a never-give-up attitude to be among the best in the country."
The 100-meter backstroke preliminary qualifying heats will take place on Monday, June 27 during the morning session beginning at 11 a.m. EDT. The semi-finals of the event will be held during the evening session on Monday and then the finals will take place on Tuesday evening, June 28.
The full event schedule can be found on the USA Swimming site by following this link. Live video streams of all sessions of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials are available on NBCSports.com and can be accessed by clicking here. The trials will also be televised on NBC Sports Network (Qualifying Heats – tape-delayed) and NBC (Finals – live) over the eight days.
Although the competition will be very strong (only the top two swimmers in the event will go on to represent Team USA at Rio) and features household names like Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, Lindgren is looking forward to contending on the national stage. He has been training and competing around the clock since graduating USMMA in 2015, whether in intense practice sessions with his personal coach or at regional and national USA Swimming events once or twice a month.
Lindgren holds a special place in his heart for USMMA and he still follows the team's successes. He says he owes a lot of his personal accomplishments to what he experienced here in Kings Point through the coaching and mentorship of Tedesco. "Looking back on my time at the Academy, it's like the saying goes, you don't really know how good you had it until you're gone," commented Lindgren.
Lindgren concluded his collegiate career as the most decorated Landmark Conference swimmer in the history of the league. He continued the Mariners' now 18-year long streak of conference championships by leading them to four consecutive titles. He was the Landmark Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 2012 and then Landmark Swimmer of the Year in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
He collected eleven individual conference titles and holds conference and Academy records in the 200-individual medley, the 100- and 200-freestyles and the 100- and 200-backstrokes. Additionally, he was part of the Merchant Marine relay teams that hold the conference records in both medleys and all three freestyle distances.
Lindgren is looking to close this chapter of his life – swimming competitively – on a good note and is excited to be representing the Academy. After the Olympic Trials are finished, he looks forward to sailing on his U.S. Coast Guard Deck License.
"I have known Kevin for seven years and he never ceases to amaze me," added Tedesco. "He is a nice young man who will succeed in all that he does and he has forever changed the USMMA swimming and diving team."
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