Justin Wolfe became the first male Saluki swimmer to make the Olympic Trials in 20 years.
April 25, 2012
By John Lock
Southern Illinois swimmer Justin Wolfe has qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 100-meter butterfly. The junior beat the qualifying time for the event in a race in Nashville over the weekend. He is the first Saluki to qualify since Matt Munz in 2000.
Wolfe swam a 55.01 in the long-course, 100-meter butterfly, beating the qualifying standard of 55.29.
"He's going to be swimming in the fastest meet in the world," sprints coach Scott Olson said. "For him to make that meet says a lot about his work ethic and the effectiveness of our program here at SIU."
Wolfe was a first-team All-MAC performer last year. He won the 100-yard butterfly, finished second in the 200-yard butterfly and finished fifth in the 50-yard freestyle at the Mid-American Conference Championships. He won 10 events on the year and placed second in another four. He won the 100-yard butterfly at the Tennessee Invitational, which included three teams that finished in the top-25 nationally. He was also a member of the 200-yard freestyle relay team that set a MAC Championships record.
In his career, Wolfe is a two-time first-team All-Conference performer. He has won three individual MAC titles. He was an honorable mention Academic-All Conference selection in 2011. He was won 29 individual races in his career.
Wolfe comes back to SIU next year for his senior campaign and will be the two-time defending MAC champion in the 100-yard butterfly.