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