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Irish Add Another To Olympic Hopefuls

Zach Yeadon with a bid to the World University Games on his radar for July

AUSTIN, Texas — With a bid to the World University Games on his radar for July, rising Notre Dame junior Zach Yeadon continues his success in the pool this off-season. Back home in Texas, Yeadon kept up his work in the pool, making his mark at the 2019 ST TXLA 11 & Over End of School Splash as he earned a qualifying mark in the 400 free for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Yeadon touched the wall in 3:55.12 to become the second Irish team member to qualify for the team trials in June 2020.

“It was another great moment for Zach, and one that solidified his participation at the US Olympic Trials,” head coach Mike Litzinger said. “His focus right now is representing the United States at the World University Games in five weeks and then on to US Nationals.”

This past season, Yeadon led his team to a sixth place team finish at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships behind his fourth place finish in the 1650 free (14:44.55) and sixth in the 500 free finals (4:16.25).

At the NCAA Championships in March, the Texas native qualified for both the 500 free and 1650 free finals, finishing 14th and 13th, respectively. 

The two-time All-American Honorable Mention in 2018-19, Yeadon holds three school records (500 free, 1000 free, 1650 free) as well as the third-best 200 free time in program history.

Yeadon will join Irish teammate Abbie Dolan at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials next June, beginning the 21st and running through June 28 with a spot on Team USA for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games on the line.

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