By Kayla Boardman (@kaylarboardman):
San Jose State’s swimming team is heading to Ohio State this weekend to compete in the U.S. Winter Nationals. Three swimmers from the team qualified to swim in the four-day meet in Columbus.
The three qualifying swimmers were seniors Brenna Bushey with the 100 fly, Colleen Humel with the 100 back and Brittany Heng with the 50 free. Heng will be competing on Thursday followed by Bushey and Humel on Friday.
Swimmers from different colleges all over the country will be attending this meet. Since it is a big event, the Spartans will have to do their best if they want to make history for the school.
“We’ve never had anybody final at a national championships and that would be something we would like to see happen,” said head coach Sage Hopkins. “I think we’ve got a good shot at it.”
After a successful trip to the Bearcat Invitational two weeks ago, the athletes could have a chance to come out big once again. Both Humel and Bushey won their respective races at that meet.
This also isn’t Bushey and Humel’s first experiences with a meet like this, as both have qualified for a national event before. However, this is the first national meet for Heng.
“I am mostly excited for Brittany because this is her first one (national competition),” Bushey said. “It was so cool seeing her make the time and she was overcome with joy and emotion. So it is going to be really awesome to see her swim at that meet for the first time.”
Should any of the swimmers qualify for finals in their races, they will swim again at the end of the day.