Posted: 11:47 am Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Swimming: St. Andrew’s freshman, junior headed to Olympic trials 

By Post Staff

Boca Raton swimming powerhouse St. Andrew’s will send two of its students to Omaha to try out for the 2012 Olympics.

Megan Moroney, a 14-year-old freshman, will compete in the 100 backstroke and junior Tasija Karosas will compete in both the 100- and 200-meter backstroke at the U.S Olympic trials, held over eight days beginning June 25th at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.

In addition to Moroney and Karosas, St. Andrew’s grad Emily Norton, now a freshman at Bucknell, will attempt to qualify for the London Games in the 200-meter breaststroke.

Karosas was the Post‘s girls swimmer of the year last fall. Moroney was a first-team All-Area selection. Norton was the Post‘s girls water polo player of the year as a senior in 2011.

Also, Coral Springs native Lindsey McKnight, who attends Plantation-American Heritage but trains with Saint Andrew’s Swimming club, will attempt to qualify in five events: 100- and 200-meter freestyle, the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke and 200-meter individual medley. McKnight will be freshman at Florida this fall.

Given the level of swimming talent in the country, qualifying for the U.S. Olympic trials is considered an accomplishment.

“This is classically the fastest meet in the world, every four years,” St. Andrew’s coach Sid Cassidy said. “It’s even faster than the Olympics.”

The trials will be televised on NBC. For more information, check USASwimming.org.

St. Andrew’s has produced Olympic swimmers in the past, but never a U.S. Olympian. At the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, St. Andrew’s grad Garvin Ferguson swam for the Bahamas. This year, 2009 St. Andrew’s grad Ramon Walton, a junior at Kentucky, will attempt qualify for the Jamaican team.

The 2012 Olympics begin July 27 in London.