Chattahoochee High School alumnus Jay Litherland earned a spot on the 2016 United States Olympic Swim Team with a second-place finish in the 400-meter individual medley at the Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska on June 26. He will compete in August at the Rio Summer Olympic Games.
Litherland, currently a sophomore at the University of Georgia, finished the race with a time of 4:11.021 only behind Bulldogs' teammate Chase Kalisz's winning mark of 4:09.541. The defending Olympics champion in the race, American Ryan Loche, placed third and failed to make the team.
This past collegiate season, Litherland placed third at the NCAA Championships in the 400-meter individual medley and first at the SEC Championships in the same event. He was named to the All-SEC First Team.
St. Pius X Catholic High School alumnus Gunnar Bentz clinched a spot on the team with a fifth-place finish in the 200-meter freestyle event on June 27. Bentz, who graduated from St. Pius X in 2014 and is currently on the Georgia swim team, claimed a spot on the 4x200-meter freestyle relay team.
Bentz placed fourth in the 400-meter individual medley and 15th in the 200-meter butterfly earlier at the Trials. He will participate in two more events; the 200-meter individual medley and the 100-meter butterfly.
Two other Golden Lions are participating in the Olympic Trials. Senior Jeffrey Durmer placed 39th in the 400-meter individual medley in his first Trials event, while Class of 2014 graduate Basil Orr will compete in the 200-meter breast stroke.