The U.S. Olympic swim team trials is the ultimate goal for most swimmers, the Holy Grail of swimming that relatively few are able achieve.
Pennridge graduate Morgan Scott can count it among the achievements of her illustrious career.
Scott, who will be entering her senior year at the University of Alabama, competed at the trials at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Neb., June 13-20.
“When I first got there, it was kind of intimidating,” she said. “It’s a massive pool and there were a lot of hot shots walking around, but it was a great experience for me. I wasn’t expecting a lot and I didn’t want to put a lot of pressure on myself.”
She was one of 14 Alabama swimmers to compete at the trials.
“We had a lot of people go so that made it really fun and I actually have a teammate (Rhyan White) who’s going to the Olympics,” she said. “I got to witness her winning her event from the stands and I got to congratulate her. It was really fun to watch her and to see other teammates do so well.
“It’s going to make watching the Olympics really exciting.”
Scott’s top finish was 21st in the 100-meter freestyle, touching in 55.54. She also took 24th in the 50 freestyle (25.64), 28th in the 100 backstroke (1:01.66) and 38th in the 200 freestyle (2:02.30).
Because COVID moved the 2020 Olympics to 2021, the gap between summer Olympic games will only be three years instead of four.
“It’s a good thing it’s only three years,” said Scott, who was a seven-time state champion at Pennridge. “I would love to go back if I’m fortunate enough to qualify again. I’m trying to see if I can take my fifth year because the NCAA is allowing that due to COVID. So as of right now this is what I want to do if I can.”
Scott, a team captain for the Crimson Tide, had a standout meet at this year’s NCAA championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C.
“We were really excited to go to NCAAs this year because we didn’t get to do that last year because of COVID,” she said. “We didn’t get to make our big statement last year, but we were able to do it this year. We showed that Alabama went from nothing to being a contender.”
Alabama finished in fifth place in team scoring with 266 points, the first top-10 finish for the Crimson Tide since 1994 and tying their best-ever finish.