BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland rising junior Ben Cono will travel to Omaha, Nebraska, to compete in the 100 breaststroke at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials on Sunday. The event will serve as the only selection for the U.S. Olympic Swim Team that will compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Cono hit the Olympic Trials qualifying mark in both the 100 and 200 breast events this season and becomes Loyola’s second swimmer to ever qualify for the Olympic Trials, as Brennan Morris competed in the 400 IM and 1500 freestyle at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.
A native of Smithfield, New York, Cono became the first Greyhound to win a Patriot League Championship (100 breast) and to qualify for the NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving Championships (100 breast and 200 breast) in 2016. Throughout the regular season, he won all eight of the 100 breast events he competed in and all five of the 200 breast events. His Patriot League Championships performance in the 100 breast (52.92) tied the meet record and set Loyola’s all-time program record, while his time of 56.50 at Lehigh broke the Jacobs Pool record.
For his performance at the Championship, Cono became the Greyhounds’ first swimmer or diver to be named to an All-Patriot League Team since Loyola joined the conference for the 2013-14 seasons. He was one of 18 men named to the first team.
Cono also owns Loyola’s school record in the 200 breast with his time of 1:55.70 from the Patriot League Championships.
The 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials will be shown exclusively across NBC networks and mobile platforms. Prelims will be LIVE daily at 11 a.m. on the NBC Sports app.
NBC Sports will live stream the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials beginning on June 26th and continuing through July 3rd. NBC's comprehensive live streaming from the Trials will include all of the prelims and finals sessions, with the prelims of the 100 breast airing on Monday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m., followed by the finals at 8 p.m.
The road to Rio for U.S. swimmers will be available in high definition via NBC Sports online at NBCSports.com/Live, or through the NBC Sports app which is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.