CMU swimming: Former Maverick makes US Olympic swimming trials cut

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The road to Rio continues for Olympic hopefuls across the nation, including one of our very own.

Former Colorado Mesa Swimmer and RMAC swimming champion, Kent Olsen Stavrakas will compete at the US Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Nebraska this weekend.

He's set to compete in the 50 meter freestyle where he's seeded 91 out of 175 swimmers with a time of 23.10 seconds.

Like so many other athletes looking to punch their ticket to the summer games, Kent's story involves a few leaps of faith and years of rigorous training.

After swimming four years at CMU, Kent stayed in Grand Junction to train after graduation. He gave it a year and was only able to cut down his time by a tenth of second, and that’s when he quit his job and went to train with four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin.

He qualified for these upcoming Olympic trials in Texas earlier this month.

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