Novak Wraps Up U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials Experience
June 28, 2012
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OMAHA, Neb. -- Missouri State alumnus Chris Novak concluded his U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials experience on Thursday (June 28) by competing in the 200-meter breaststroke.
Like his 100 breaststroke performance on Monday, Novak moved up the final rankings and was within .50 seconds of his career best. His time of 2:20.34 was good enough for 74th overall (out of 129) and he moved up 26 spots from his original seed position.
“It has been fantastic,” Novak said of his time in Omaha, Neb. “I have learned a lot from being here and being with some of the top athletes from across the country and the best in the world. Just watching them compete and seeing some American records has been a wonderful experience.”
Although he is uncertain if there is the possibility of another Olympic Trials appearance, the Kansas City, Mo., native isn’t ready to hang up his swim cap and goggle quite yet. In August, Novak will compete at the 2012 U.S. Open held in Indianapolis at the Indiana University Natatorium.
“I am training this next month and plan to go to the U.S. Open,” Novak said. “And hopefully I either end out my career with some best times or see where that takes me.”
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