North Set to Compete at U.S. Open

U.S. Open Live Results

BOISE, Idaho-Former Boise State swimmer Stephanie North will compete at the 2012 U.S. Open Aug. 7-11, at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis. North's first event will be Tuesday, Aug. 7, when she competes in the 100-meter freestyle.

"I was excited when Stephanie chose to extend her swimming career with this competition, which could lead to her first U.S. National Team experience next July in Russia," said Boise State women's swimming and diving Head Coach Kristin Hill.

The top four American finishers in the finals of the 100 freestyle born between 1985 and 1996, will be selected to represent the United States at the 2013 World University Games July 6-17, in Kazan, Russia.

North's personal best in the event is a 55.76, giving her the ninth-fastest time in the meet, sixth among athletes eligible for the World University Games roster. That time was set almost a year ago to the day (Aug. 8, 2011) at the 2011 U.S. National Championships.

 "Knowing her strength and speed in the 100-meter freestyle, I had mentioned the possibility to her back in the spring because I wanted her to have time to consider it rather than springing it on her at (U.S. Olympic) trials," Hill said. "I was really happy when she told me she'd like to give it a shot. She certainly has a good chance of making the team."

North finished 32nd in the 100 freestyle and 29th in the 50 freestyle at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.

She is also entered in the 50-meter freestyle, which is slated for Saturday, Aug. 11.

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