Arlington swimmer qualifies for Olympic trials

ARLINGTON — Since qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Trials, Arlington swimmer Morgan Ginnis has her focus on training.

Morgan Ginnis is set to participate in the Olympic Trials later in June.

ARLINGTON — Since qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Trials, Arlington swimmer Morgan Ginnis has her focus on training.

With the trials starting June 26 in Omaha, Neb., Ginnis is getting the most out of the time she has to train in preparation.

“I’m just overwhelmed and excited to be swimming with all these Olympians,” she said

She has committed herself to training by commuting every day to the Federal Way Aquatics Center. What draws her there are the coaches and also the Olympic-caliber swimmers who have trained there.

“It’s worth it, it pays off,” she said.

To help break up the commute she’ll stay with friends and family within the area, she added.

She qualified for the Olympic trials June 4 meeting the qualifying time of under 26.19 seconds in the 50 freestyle. She finished in 26.17, an all-time best for her.

“My dream was to make the Olympic trials,” she said. “Knowing that I did it is something I can always said I’ve done.”

In the same week, the to-be junior transferred from the University of New Mexico to the University of Arizona, a school with a better reputation in swimming.

After setting records in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle events at Mexico where she signed after graduating from Arlington in 2014, she wanted to see some tougher competition in the Pac 12.

“I just want a team that can really push me,” she said. “There’s girls faster than me there, which I really wanted.”

But she has much to thank for the coaches who pushed her when she was a Lobo, where she improved her time in the 50 free, her main event, she said.

She’s hoping for the best with the trials coming up.

“It felt really good. I felt really relieved,” she said. “It was going down to the last chance to get it.”

She also sees her collegiate career as just as promising, knowing she can, “do a lot there,” she said of UA. “We’ll see what happens.”

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