OMAHA, Neb. — Tommy Cope, who just graduated from Butler High School six weeks ago, wanted to make a splash at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials, and he did just that.
Cope, swimming in the 200 IM, placed second in his heat and finished 39th overall out of 96 swimmers in the event with a time of 2:04.38.
Cope won the OHSAA State Championship in the same event in February.
After his state title, Butler coach Greg Bergman said that Cope’s age set him up perfectly for the 2020 Olympics. He will swim collegiality at the University of Michigan.
“Four years from now, I think he can hopefully do some damage at the trials,” said Bergman. “It is perfect timing for him to go now as a high school senior, swim four years at Michigan, and then go back to the trials stronger and in his prime.”
Bergman was in attendance at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha to watch Cope swim at the trials.
“I am extremely proud of Tommy,” said Bergman. “He represents our Vandalia-Butler community incredibly well. It was an honor, and somewhat an emotional one, watching him compete at trials this week.”
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