PULLMAN- Washington State University swimmers, Taylor McCoy and Lauren Burckel, recorded qualifying times for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials this summer. McCoy is entering her junior year and Burckel is entering her sophomore year.
McCoy qualified in the 200 backstroke at the TYR Pro Swim Series back in June. McCoy took third in the competition, clocking in at 2:14.46 in a long-course meter pool. A Pullman native, McCoy made Pac-12 All-Academic first-team honors and was a spectacular swimmer, leading the team with 14 wins. She also won the first Pac-12 Swimming of the Week Award in program history after recording three wins against No. 14 Arizona and another against No. 25 Arizona State. McCoy finished fourth in the 200 back at the CSCAA National Invitational Championships.
Burckel posted two qualifying times at the Speed Championship Series in mid-July. She finished first in the 200 breaststroke, clocking in at 2:30.80 and she took second in the 100 breaststroke, finishing in 1:09.95. The New Mexico native made a splash as a freshman, posting the third-fastest time in program history for the 100 breaststroke at the Pac-12 Championships.
"The 2019 calendar year has been very good to the COUGS! In the spring we had our first NCAA qualifier in nine years, we had our first individual CSCAA National Invitational Champion, our team earned CSCAA Academic Team Honors and now this summer Taylor and Lauren qualify for the 2020 US Olympic trials," head coach Matt Leach said in a press release. "The even better news is that U.S. Nationals start soon so hopefully we can add to our group of 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trial qualifiers."