Omaha Public Radio News
4:41 am
Mon July 7, 2008

Omaha Sports Commission calls Swim Trials a 'spectacular success'

Omaha, NE – Nine world records and ten American records were broken during the eight days of the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials.

The Trials ended Sunday night at Qwest Center Omaha with the introduction of the Olympic team. Six-time gold medalist Michael Phelps qualified for at least six events, including five individual ones. It's likely he'll swim in three relays. Phelps hopes to win eight gold medals at this year's Olympics.

19-year-old Katie Hoff qualified for six events. She'll swim in one relay and five individual races in Beijing. Hoff swam in 14 total races during the Trials.

A total of 43 swimmers who competed in Omaha are heading to Beijing. USA Swimming officials praised Omaha Sunday as a venue for Olympic trials events.

Omaha Sports Commission Chairman Harley Schrager says more than 160,000 people attended the Swim Trials over its eight days.