Duke swimming’s Maddie Rusch earns Olympic Trials cut in 50 free

New Canaan’s Maddie Rusch, a sophomore at Duke University, earned a 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials qualification with her performance in the 50-meter freestyle at the Georgia Tech Long Course Trials Qualifier

A 2013 graduate of NCHS, Rusch finished the race in 26.19 seconds, beating the time of 26.68 seconds posted by Adriana Grabaski of Virginia Tech. Rusch won in a field of 15 strong competitors at the meet.

The meet was held at Georgia Tech’s Aquatic Center on February 22, and followed the ACC Women’s swimming and Diving Championships, which concluded the day before.

As a team, the Bluye Devils took 10th place at the ACC meet, with Rusch advancing to the consolation final of the 50-yard freestyle, finishing 14th overall. She also reached the bonus final in the 100 freestyle and the 100 butterfly events.

The 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials will be held June 26 through July 3 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.

Maddie Rusch, a sophomore on the Duke Blue Devils swim team, competes in a butterfly event at a recent meet. (Duke Athletics Photo)