By Nico Posivak
Senior Sean Lee competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, this past summer. Out of the countless swimmers across the country, 1,600 men and women qualified for this special opportunity, and only the top two finishers from each event advanced to the Rio Olympics.
Lee participated in three races at the trials, each fielding approximately 100 competitors. He swam the 200-meter butterfly in 2:00.98, placing him 52nd; the 200-meter intermediate medley in 2:04.98, placing him 56th; and 400-meter intermediate medley in 4:26.16, placing him 49th.
Lee rated his performance a six out of 10. He said, “I did alright. A lot of kids don’t do too well. You either do really well or really bad, but I was in the middle.”
Despite not advancing to the Olympics, Lee found the opportunity to compete with top level athletes valuable. He said, “My work paid off because I got to go and have the experience, but I probably could have swam better.”
In terms of college recruitment, Lee has received offers from the University of California, Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University and Duke University. Despite recently returning from his latest official recruiting trip at Princeton, Lee said, “I like Penn the best.”
Reflecting upon his last season at Loyola, Lee said he hopes to win a CIF Title for his team in the spring for the second year in a row.