Gardner-Webb Duo Of Bos and Lile To Begin Olympic Trials Quest Monday Morning

Gardner-Webb Duo Of Bos and Lile To Begin Olympic Trials Quest Monday Morning

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OMAHA, Neb. – History will be made in the pool for Gardner-Webb Monday at 11:00 am (EDT), as the duo of Connor Bos and Nathan Lile begin their quest at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.

Bos (Holland, Mich. / Holland HS) and Lile (Waynesville, N.C. / Homeschool) are the first two men in the history of Gardner-Webb's swim program to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials and first GWU swimmers overall to compete in the trials since All-American Terra Wilson did so in 2008.

The stage will be the biggest yet for Gardner-Webb swimming, with more than 1,800 of the fastest swimmers in the United States on hand for the competition, which will be held at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha from June 26-July 3.

More than 200,000 tickets have been purchased for the event, which will be held in a state-of-the-art temporary pool specially constructed for the trials by Myrtha Pools. The 10-lane, 50-meter Olympic sized pool takes more than two weeks to build.

Both Bos and Lile qualified in the 100m backstroke event, with prelims set for 11:00 am (EDT) Monday. Bos, a rising senior for the Runnin' Bulldogs, qualified with the 73rd fastest time (56.49). Lile sits 141st with his time of 57.05 entering Monday's prelims.

Finals for the 100m backstroke will be held on Tuesday and will be televised by NBC Sports.

Lile, who became the first GWU men's swimmer to qualify for the NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving Championships in March, is also qualified to swim in the 50m freestyle and 100m butterfly events.

The 2016 Academic All-American and NCAA Elite 90 Award winner has the 93rd-fastest time in the 50m freestyle (23.10) and is 141st in the 100m butterfly (54.79).

Both the 50m free and 100m fly prelims will be held on Friday, July 1. The 50m free semifinals will be held later that day and finals for both events are scheduled for Saturday, July 2.

The duo, along with Gardner-Webb head coach Mike Simpson, caught a flight to Omaha, Neb., on Friday afternoon.

The top two finishers in each final will earn a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, which will compete in the Rio Olympics later this summer.

For more information regarding the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swim Trials, visit usawimming.org/trials.

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