Alabama swimmer Rhyan White qualifies for second event for Team USA in Tokyo Olympics

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama swimmer Rhyan White is going to be busy in Tokyo. 

She will compete in two events at the 2020 Olympics after she finished first in the women's 200-meter backstroke at the Team USA Olympic trials Saturday in Omaha, Nebraska.

She registered a time of 2:05.73 ahead of Phoebe Bacon (2:06.46) and Regan Smith (2:06.79). Smith holds the women's world record for the 200-meter backstroke (2:03.35). 

White's time beat her personal best and a UA record by more than a second. 

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White's success Saturday built off her first qualifying effort earlier in the week. On Tuesday, White also earned a spot in the 100-meter backstroke, finishing second. 

White, a UA junior from Utah, continues to add to her successful 2021 season. At the NCAA Championships, she picked up a top-five finish in all three individual events in which she competed. The two events in which White will participate in Tokyo are the same two in which she earned silver medals. 

White was named the 2021 SEC swimmer of the year and received All-America recognition in five different events in 2021 and 2020. 

In Tokyo, she will make her first appearance at the Olympics. She made the qualifiers in 2016. White is also a former member of the 2017-18 USA Swimming Junior National Team.