NEJC natives Bollier, Grunhard represent area at U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Omaha

Bobby Bollier training in January. Photo via Twitter
Bobby Bollier training in January. Photo via Twitter

The eyes of swimming fans from across the nation have turned to Omaha, where hundreds of the country’s best athletes in the sport are vying for a chance to represent the United States at this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Among them are two northeast Johnson County natives.

Incoming Bishop Miege senior Cailey Grunhard, who committed earlier this year to swim at Notre Dame when she heads off to college, earned a berth in the 100 meter butterfly. Grunhard entered Sunday’s preliminary heats seeded 98 of 141 competitors. She logged a time of 1:01.81, which put her at place 105.

And Mission Hills native and Pembroke Hill graduate Bobby Bollier will make his third appearance at the Olympic Trials. Bollier just missed an Olympic berth in 2012 when he finished third in the 200 meter butterfly behind Michael Phelps and Tyler Clary. This year, after four years of intense training at his alma mater Stanford, he’s ready to make a final push in the event.

Bollier will make his 2016 trials debut today in the 200 meter freestyle, where he is seeded 96th. He’ll also be competing in the 100 meter backstroke, where he is seeded 60th, and the 100 meter butterfly, where he is seeded 28th. The preliminary heats in the 200 meter butterfly, where Bollier enters this year’s field seeded 9th, will be Tuesday.