Now attending University of Minnesota, Smith is among a number of area young men and women competing at the U.S. Olympic Swim Team Trials in Omaha, Neb.
Several local young men and women are now competing for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Swim Team at the trials in Omaha, Neb. Nineteen-year-old CJ Smith, a Wilmette native and sophmore at the University of Minnesota, is one of those hopefuls. "It's healthy nerves here, people are just very excited," Smith said. Smith will be competing in the 1500-meter freestyle event this weekend. He has already competed in the 400-meter freestyle, but did not place high enough to earn an Olympic spot for that event. "I unfortunately got too quick of a start," Smith said. Smith has a healthy perspective about the competition, and is thrilled for others, including one young man from the North Shore who has earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic Swim Team. …
The students and alums from New Trier Township High School District 203 will be competing for a spot to represent the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Information provided by New Trier High School and written by Samuel Nadell. Three current and four former swimmers from New Trier High School have qualified for the 2012 Olympic Team Trials that will take place from June 25 to July 2 in Omaha, Neb. The seven swimmers are Sam Metz (Class of 2010), CJ Smith (’11), Max Grodecki (’12), Reed Malone (’13), Jack Mangan (’13), Samantha James (’12) and Riley Hayward (’13). “I was pretty excited because it’s such a privilege. It’s something that a lot of swimmers work towards in their swimming careers and so it's a pretty big accomplishment. But, it’s also a privilege to get this opportunity,” said Smith, who swims at the University of Minnesota and will be competing in the 400 and 1500 meter …