Southern Illinois Swimmer Qualifies For Olympics

SIU's Justin Wolfe is the first male Saluki swimmer to make Olympic Trials in 20 years

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    Southern Illinois University swimmer Justin Wolfe qualified for the Olympic trials in the 100-meter butterfly on Wednesday.

    Southern Illinois swimmer Justin Wolfe qualified for the Olympic Trials Wednesday in the 100-meter butterfly.

    The junior is the first male Saluki swimmer to make the Olympic Trials in 20 years, beating the qualifying standard time of 55.29 with his 55.01 time, according to Southern Illinois University.

    “For him to make that meet says a lot about his work ethic and the effectiveness of our program here at SIU,” said Coach Scott Olson in a statement.

    Wolfe won the 100-yard butterfly, finished second in the 200-yard butterfly and finished fifth in the 50-yard freestyle at the Mid-American Conference Championships.

    The Bloomington native was also a first-team All-MAC performer last year and is a two-time, first-team All-Conference performer who has won three individual titles. Over the course of his career Wolfe has won 29 individual races.

    In the meantime, Wolfe is studying engineering and will return to school his senior year as the two-time defending MAC champion in the 100-yard butterfly, according to his profile on the Saluki Athletes website.