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Virginia Tech Swimmer Qualifies for the Olympics

This past week many Virginia Tech student athletes competed in their country's Olympic trials.

Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

Virginia Tech Hokie sophomore, Norbert Szabo, has completed one of his lifelong dreams.  This past week Szabo participated in his native country's Olympic swim trials.  The young man, from Budapest, will represent Hungary in the 800 meter freestyle relay event during the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio later this summer.  Congratulations Norbert, and best of luck!

Several other Hokies also participated in the American qualifications held in Omaha, Nebraska this past week. Hokie Robert Owen had the best performance of the meet when he was able to finish sixth overall with a time of 1:57.48 in the 200 meter backstroke event.  That performance has earned him a spot on the 200 meter backstroke Olympic alternates list.  Additionally, Robert is also listed as an alternate for the 400 meter individual medley.  Congratulations Mr. Owen!

Many other Virginia Tech swimmers participated in the Olympic swim qualifications and performed admirably.  To send so many to the Olympic qualifications is a testament to the effort and ability of these young athletes, the coaches, and the Virginia Tech aquatics program.  Great work Hokies!