Katis Highlights Men's Swimming's Performance at 2012 Olympic Team Trials

Katis Highlights Men's Swimming's Performance at 2012 Olympic Team Trials

Katis turned in three top 50 performances at the 2012 Olympic Team Trials – Swimming (Gil Talbot).

Complete Results

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's swimming program was well represented at the 2012 Olympic Team Trials this past week as 15 current, future and former Crimson took to the pool in Omaha, Neb., vying for a spot in the London Olympic Games.

Rising sophomore Chuck Katis turned in Harvard's best all-around performance as he placed in the top 50 in three events. He began the meet with his best showing, a 37th-place finish in the 100 breast prelims. The top 16 swimmers from the preliminary round advanced to the semifinals, and Katis' time of 1:03.06 missed the cut by just over one second.

Katis returned to action in the 200 breast and placed 45th in 2:17.64. His meet concluded with the 200 IM as he finished 41st in 2:04.94.

Harvard was best represented in the 1,500 free as 2010 alum Alex Meyer led a quartet of Crimson. Meyer, who will represent Team USA in London in the men's open water competition, finished 40th (15:47.52) in the race and was closely followed by incoming freshman Steven Kekacs who took 46th in 15:51.28. Rising sophomores Mike Gaudiani (16:04.72) and Reed Snyder (16:07.33) placed 66th and 73rd, respectively.

Harvard received several stellar performances from next year's freshman class as Kekacs combined with classmates Christian Carbone and Christian Yeager to post three top-50 finishes. Carbone finished 30th in the 400 IM in 4:26.11 while Yeager placed 48th in the 200 back in 2:03.98.

Also competing in Omaha for the Crimson were current team members Spenser Goodman, Oliver Lee, Chris Satterthwaite, Griffin Schumacher and Zach Walters, incoming freshman Tyler Rocca, and 2012 grad Niall Janney.

For complete meet results, click here.