Eagle River swimmer qualifies for 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 14:26
  • Eagle River High senior John Heaphy smiles during a National Letter of Intent signing ceremony for ERHS seniors Keegan Sharpe, John Heaphy, Emma Gilliland, Addison Swanson and Helen Wilson on Monday, April 29, 2019 at Eagle River High School. Sharpe will play softball at Geneva College, Heaphy will swim at McKendree University, Gilliland will play volleyball at Centralia College, Swanson will play hockey at Plymouth State University and Wilson will cross country ski at the University of Alaska Anchorage. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Eagle River’s John Heaphy races to victory in the boys 100 yard breaststroke at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Swimming and Diving Championships at Bartlett High on Saturday. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

Eagle River’s John Heaphy is going to the U.S. Olympic Trials.

The 2019 Eagle River High graduate and double winner at the 2018 Alaska State Swim/Dive Championships broke the Alaska state record in the 100 yard breaststroke during the Alaska Long Course Championships July 26-28 in Anchorage. Heaphy’s time of 1 minute, 2.75 seconds, more than half a second below the qualifying time for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, which will be held June 21-28 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Heaphy is a freshman at McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois. He will be joined at the trials by fellow Alaskan Lydia Jacoby of Seward, who also qualified for the meet. They join an elite list of just 12 Alaskans to qualify for the Olympic trials; the last was former East High swimmer Sam Wicks in 2016.

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