Aug. 13, 2000
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - California standout sprinter Anthony Ervin has qualified for the 2000 USA Olympic Team by placing fifth in the 100-meter freestyle at the Olympic Trials Sunday evening in Indianapolis, IN.
The top six finishers in the 100 free qualify for the Sydney Olympics as potential members of the 4x100 relay. Ervin, who will be a sophomore at Cal next season, swam a time of 49.29. He will next compete in the preliminaries of the 50-meter freestyle Monday morning (Aug. 14).
Ervin joins breaststroker Staciana Stitts as Bear swimmers who have qualified for the 2000 Olympic Games. Stitts placed second in the 100-meter breast last Friday.
During the past collegiate season, Ervin was named the 2000 Pac-10 Men's Swimming Newcomer of the Year when he won the NCAA 100-meter freestyle with a U.S. Open record time of 47.36. He also broke the world record and won an NCAA title in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 21.21. The former world record was 21.31 set by Mark Foster of Great Britain in 1998. He became the first Bear swimmer to win more than one individual national title at an NCAA Swimming Championship since Matt Biondi in 1997.
Fellow Cal sprinter Matt Macedo placed ninth in the semifinals of the 100-meter free with a time of 49.99, narrowly missing an opportunity to compete in the 100 free final, which takes the top eight places. Macedo will also be competing in the 50-meter free prelims Monday.
Results of the USA Olympic Swimming Trials can be found on www.usa-swimming.org.