On June 13-20, Baylor Swim Club / Baylor School athlete Ellie Waldrep will compete in the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in swimming.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Olympic Trials will be divided into two competitions, with Wave I on June 4-7, 2021 and Wave II on June 13-20, 2021. Wave II will continue to serve as the sole qualifier for pool swimmers on the U.S. Olympic Team for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Waldrep has qualified in both 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke events. The preliminary heats in the 100-meter backstroke will be on Monday, June 14, and prelims heats of the 200-meter backstroke will take place on Friday, June 18.
With her time of 1:01.04 in the 100-meter backstroke at the 2021 Atlanta Classic Swim Meet in May, Waldrep is ranked in the top 40 in the world in the event. She is the Baylor School record holder in the 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly, and 200 IM events. In 2019, she set two NISCA short course meters national records in both the 100-meter backstroke and 200-meter IM. Waldrep is also a 10-time NISCA High School All-American and is a multiple USA Swimming Junior National finalist.
Two other Baylor alumni are also competing in the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Trey Freeman '18, a current University of Florida Gator will be competing in 100, 200, and 400-meter freestyle events. Freeman was one of the most decorated swimmers in Baylor School history. Addison Smith '19, a current University of North Carolina Tar Heel has qualified in five events at the Trials. She will be swimming in WAVE I, which will begin on Friday, June 4.