Battlefield High School graduates Emily Hetzer and Blake Manoff and Battlefield junior Camille Spink will compete in the Wave II portion of the U.S. Olympic Trials held June 13-20 in Omaha.

A three-time all-American at Auburn University, Hetzer qualified in the 400, 800 and 1,500 freestyle events, while Spink advanced in the 50 and 100 freestyle.

Now swimming at Virginia Tech, where he earned honorable mention all-American honors in two relays this season, Manoff will compete in the 100 and 200 free and butterfly.

The women's 400 free preliminaries and finals are June 14. The prelims for the 1,500 are June 15. The finals are June 16. The prelims for the 800 are June 18 and the finals are June 19. 

The prelims (first round and semifinals) for the women's 100 free are June 17 and the finals June 18. The prelims (first round and semifinals) for the 50 free are June 19 with the final scheduled for June 20.

The men’s 200 freestyle prelims and semifinals are June 14. The men’s 200 fly prelims and semifinals and the 200 freestyle final are June 15. The men’s 100 free prelims and semifinals and men’s 200 fly final are June 16. The men’s 100 free final is June 17. The men’s 100 fly prelims and semifinals are June 18 and the final is June 19.

The top 16 from the first round advance to the semifinals. The top eight from the semifinals advance to the finals. The top two from the finals qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team.

The 21-year-old Hetzer is seeded 17th out of 35 in the 1,500, seeded No. 23rd out of 51 in the 400 and 21 out of 42 in the 800. 

The 20-year-old Manoff is seeded 56th out of 61 swimmers in the 200 free, 34th out of 52 in the 200 fly, 51st out of 71 in the 100 free and 21st out of 69 in the 100 fly. 

The 16-year-old Spink is seeded No. 28 out of 73 swimmers in the 100 free and 32nd out of 68 in the 50 free.

Hetzer and Manoff automatically qualified for Wave II. Spink needed to place in the top two at Wave I to advance. 

Spink finished first overall in the “A” final in the 100-meter freestyle June 4 with a time of 55.25 that tied her for 12th all-time in the girls 15-16 age group. Then on June 7, she qualified in the 50 free after tying for second with Anna Moesch in a personal-best time of 25.54.

David Fawcett is the sports editor for Reach him at


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