Teen Swimmers in Olympic Trials Sports

| 27 Jun 2016 | 03:18

Two members of New York City’s Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics team competed in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Swimming in Omaha, Nebraska.

Krystal Lara, 18, and Isabel Gormley, 14 (pictured), competed in the 100-meter backstroke and 400-meter individual medley, respectively.

Lara and Gormley were among the top 1% of swimmers in the United States, including Olympians Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. This meet was the sole qualifier to determine who will make the team that will compete in Rio de Janeiro. The two AGUA teammates made their first trip to the Olympic Trials.

Lara finished 87th out of 155 finishers and Gormley finished 84th out of 119 finishers.

“I couldn’t be more proud of Krystal and Isabel,” said AGUA Head Coach David Rodriguez. “These are two incredibly hardworking young swimmers who love to race on the big stage, against the best competition.”

Lara lives on Staten Island and recently graduated from Stuyvesant High School in Lower Manhattan, where she holds nine individual school records. Gormley lives on the Upper East Side and attends The Brearley School. An AGUA member since she was 7 years old, Gormley became one of the youngest Olympic Trials qualifiers when she swam the 400-meter IM in 4:53.78 at the Senior Metropolitan Championships in February.