Montgomery County Swimmers To Compete In National Championships

Good Counsel alum Sarah Haase will be among those competing at the U.S. National Swimming Championships in Indianapolis.

Good Counsel alum Sarah Haase.

Four swimmers with Montgomery County ties are set to compete in USA Swimming’s Phillips 66 National Championships in Indianapolis beginning on Tuesday.

Jack Conger, Carsten Vissering, Sarah Haase and Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky will be among the nearly 500 competitors hoping to earn a spot on the U.S. team that will travel to Barcelona for the World Championships in July.

Ledecky, a rising junior at the Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, is scheduled to compete in the women’s 100-, 200-, 400-, 800- and 1600-meter freestyle events. She is seeded first in both the 800- and 1500-meter freestyle. Ledecky captured the gold medal in the women’s 800-meter freestyle at the Summer Olympics in London last year.

Conger, a 2013 graduate of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney bound for the University of Texas, earned berths in the men’s 100-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 100-meter backstroke and 200-meter backstroke events. He is seeded third in the men’s 200-meter backstroke behind Tyler Clary and Ryan Lochte.

Haase, a 2012 Good Counsel graduate now at Stanford, is scheduled to compete in the women’s 50-, 100- and 200-meter breaststroke. She was a 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials semi-finalist and a member of the junior national team from 2010-2012.

Vissering, a rising junior at Georgetown Prep in North Bethesda, is entered in the men’s 50-, 100- and 200-meter breaststroke.

The first events will be held on Tuesday morning at the Indiana University Natatorium on the Campus of Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis and the meet will conclude on Saturday. Preliminaries will be held each day at 9:00 a.m. EDT, followed by finals at 6:00 p.m. EDT.

This meet is the sole qualifier for the U.S. team for the pool competition at the FINA World Championships, which runs July 28-Aug. 4 in Barcelona, Spain. The winner of each Olympic event will claim an automatic spot on the roster, and a complete team selection procedure is outlined at usaswimming.org.

Extensive television coverage of the national championships will be aired by the NBC Sports Group. Click here for broadcast details. In addition, a live webcast of the entire meet will be streamed online via usaswimming.org.

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