With the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials under way, locals have already made their mark, and others are waiting for their chance to shine.
In 2008, former Lakeside High and University of Georgia shot-putter Reese Hoffa finished seventh at the Beijing Olympics. Sunday, he earned another chance to compete for his country, winning the men’s shot put with a throw of 72 feet, 2¼ inches.
On Monday, former Evans and Florida State University graduate C.J. Hendry was hoping to make the Olympic squad in the 100-meter butterfly. Needing to crack the top 16 to advance to the semifinals, Hendry finished her heat in 1:02.09, good for a tie for 94th.
Hendry has two more chances to make the U.S. team, swimming the 100 freestyle Friday and 50 freestyle Sunday.
Joining Hendry in the 100 and 50 free is Lakeside graduate Katherine Huff. Huff enters ranked No. 98 in the 100 free and No. 156 in the 50 free.
Jackie Jeschke, a Martinez resident and sophomore at Aquinas High School, will compete in the 200 backstroke. The 14-year-old, who qualified for the race just a day before qualifying officially ended, will compete Saturday.
On the men’s side, former Lakeside grad and Georgia Tech University senior Eric Chiu also will swim. Chiu, who holds the Yellow Jackets’ third-fastest time for the 100 butterfly. will attempt to make the team in trials on Saturday.
After finishing fifth in the shot put in the 2008 Paralympics, Grovetown’s Scott Winkler will attempt to get back competing in the shot put and discus at the U.S. Paralympic Trials, beinning Friday in Indianapolis, Ind.