Alabama swimmer Rhyan White earns spot on Team USA for Olympics in Tokyo

James Fletcher
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama swimmer Rhyan White earned a spot on Team USA for the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo during Tuesday's trials in Omaha.

White finished the women's 100-meter backstroke final in 58.60 seconds, finishing second.

She will look to qualify in the 200-meter backstroke and 100-meter butterfly later in trials.

The 5-foot-6 junior from Herriman, Utah had her best season for the Crimson Tide in 2020 before the NCAA Championships were cancelled by COVID-19. She set two SEC record in 24 hours at the SEC Championships in the 100 and 200-yard backstroke.

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White was named a 2020 All-American in the 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard butterfly, 400-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard medley relay.

Alabama swimming coach Margo Greer released a statement this week as trials began.

The competition is fierce, and the stakes are high. We wouldn't want it any other way," said Greer. "As a staff we are very proud of all the work that the student-athletes have put in leading up to this point and we are ready to go head-to-head with the best in the United States."

This will be White's first appearance at the Olympics after finishing 61st in the 100-meter backstroke and 18th in the 200-meter backstroke during the 2016 trials.

She later represented the United States as a member of the national junior team, finishing fourth in the 50, 100 and 200-meter backstroke at the 2018 youth Olympics in Argentina.

White is the first youth Olympian to make Team USA.