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Former Emory swimmer Andrew Wilson earns spot on Team USA for upcoming Olympics

Amy Cheribelle
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MACON, GA — Andrew Wilson, a former Emory swimming star, made history on Monday night when he became the first Division III swimmer to qualify for the Olympics.

During a close three-way finish in the 100 Breaststroke, Wilson accomplished a goal that took years to train for as he earned a qualifying spot on Team USA for the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

A photo finish between Wilson, Michael Andrew and Nic Fink saw all three swimmers touch the wall just seven one-hundredths of a second apart. Andrew captured the top spot with a time of 58.73, while Wilson finished just 0.01 seconds behind him at 58.74 for a new personal best. Fink, Wilson’s training partner at Athens Bulldog Swimming Club, finished third at 58.80.

Wilson’s record time earned him a spot as the 15th fastest man in the event’s history and the fourth-fastest American ever.

Before his swim, Wilson posted a pair of top-three finishes on Sunday to advance to the finals. During prelims, Wilson touched with a time of 58.80 to finish second before placing third in the semifinals at 59.08.

Wilson took a year off his studies at Emory to train with Longhorn Aquatics at the University of Texas at Austin to prepare for the 2016 Olympic swim trials. At the time, Wilson failed to make the team, placing fifth in the 100 Breaststroke and fourth in the 200 Breaststroke. He returned to Emory in 2017 for his senior year, graduating with honors with degrees in applied math and physics.

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