Tiger swimmer Chris Reinke qualifies for U.S. Olympic Trials

Clemson graduate will compete in the 50 and 100 freestyle events

Clemson swimming & diving - men's 200 medley relay team: Chris Dart, Seth Broster, Chris Reinke, Eric Bruck

Photo by Mark Crammer

Clemson swimming & diving - men's 200 medley relay team: Chris Dart, Seth Broster, Chris Reinke, Eric Bruck

Clemson graduate Chris Reinke qualified for the United States Olympic Trials in a pair of sprint freestyle events over the weekend.

Reinke surpassed the qualifying marks at the 15th Annual YSSC May LC Coaches Invitational in Spartanburg, S.C., his hometown. The former Tiger posted times of 23.35 seconds in the 50 freestyle and 51.12 seconds in the 100 freestyle, both of which fell beneath the qualifying threshold.

"It has been a pleasure working with Chris," Clemson coach Chris Ip said. "In swimming, for most athletes, reaching the NCAA meet and Olympic Trials are the apexes of our sport. Being able to work with student-athletes that can attain success in both venues is rewarding."

Reinke earned honorable mention All-American honors in the 200 freestyle relay in 2011 and has been named to both the All-ACC and Academic All-ACC teams throughout his career. He was also honored as a CSCAA Scholar All-American in 2011.

Reinke recently graduated from Clemson University with a 3.66 cumulative grade point average in the Civil Engineering program. He has already accepted a position with PCL Industrial Construction in Alpharetta, Ga.

With Reinke's qualification, there are now a pair of Tigers slated to compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials, as Eric Bruck has also qualified in the 100 freestyle. In addition, Meg Anderson and Harry Foster will compete for spots in the U.S. Olympic Trial field.

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