“It’s a pretty high-level competition for our sport, and it only comes around every four years,” Ware says. “(It’s a chance to) end my career on a high note, see the Olympic trial scene and see the Olympic team get decided firsthand. I thought it would be a pretty cool experience.”
Ware qualified for the Olympic Trials last August when he finished the 100 meter backstroke in 57.03 seconds, good for 59th overall. He’d love to come close to his trial time when he hits the water in Omaha, but ultimately wants to be as competitive as possible in the field.
In order to qualify for the Olympics, Ware would have to finish in the top two (out of about 150 competitors) in his event. While making the team would be an amazing feat, Ware is just grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Olympic experience.
“If I could stay under the qualifying time, that would be great,” he says. “If I could drop time that would be phenomenal, but if not, I’m just happy to be there. I’m excited to go and represent my friends, family, teammates, coaches and obviously GEICO now.”
Best of luck, Tim!
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By Joe Dyton