AT USA SWIMMING OLYMPIC TRIALS
OMAHA, NE – Rowan alum Jesse Novak ’17 competed in the 100 meter freestyle at the USA Swimming Olympic Trials at the Chi Health Center on June 16.
Novak finished 38th overall with a time of 50.01 in heat seven of the eight prelim heats in wave II of the Olympic Trials. He qualified with a time of 49.18 and was seeded 18th out of 71 swimmers in the event.
The wave II cut was 49.74. USA Swimming split the meet into two waves because of Covid restrictions. The first wave was June 4-7 and the second wave is scheduled from June 13-20, which features faster standards and will serve as the main selection meet.
Novak currently swims for Irvine Novaquatics in Irvine, CA. An All-American, he competed for the Profs from 2013-17. Novak won the national championship in the 100 yard freestyle twice (2017, 2015) and 50 yard freestyle one time (2015). At the 2016 NCAA Championships, he came second in the 100 yard freestyle and third in the 50 yard freestyle for All-America. Novak had a second place finish in the 50 yard freestyle at the 2017 national championships.
His senior year, he earned All-America in the 400 yard freestyle relay and All-America honorable mention in the 400 yard medley relay, 200 yard freestyle relay and 800 yard freestyle relay.
Novak will also compete in the 50 meter freestyle with Rowan senior Kevin Gillooly on June 19. Gillooly qualified for the Olympic Trials with a time of 22.60 while Novak had a time of 22.84.