Former Oakland Athletes Set to Compete at London 2012 Olympics
Former OU swimmers Scott Dickens and Line Jensen will compete at the Olympics.
July 27, 2012
ROCHESTER, Mich. - Former Oakland swimmers Scott Dickens and Line Jensen will compete at the London 2012 Olympics which begin with the opening ceremonies today. Dickens is competing in his second Olympics for Canada and will compete in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke and is a member of the 4x100-meter medley relay. Jensen is competing in her first Olympic games and will compete in the women's triathlon for her native Denmark.
"Qualifying for the Olympics has been a big achievement for me," said Jensen. "Being able to race and compete at the Olympics is quite amazing. I am proud to be able to represent my country at a major event like this."
Jensen competed for Oakland from 2002-05 and was named The Summit League Swimmer of the Year in 2005. She finished her career as a five-time individual Summit League champion and swam on five championship relays. She is also a nine-time National Independent Conference (NIC) champion and is a two-time All-NIC first-team selection. Jensen currently ranks in the top-10 in four individual events a member of three top-five relay teams in school history.
"There is a lot of things I enjoyed about OU and my time in the States, but what I still enjoy is the many friends I made, while I was there," added Jensen. "I also really appreciated the warm welcome I got when I joined the swim team, and I still stay in touch with many of the swimmers."
Dickens, who competed for Canada in the Athens 2004 Olympics where he finished 19th in the 100-breast, competed for Oakland in 2003 and still holds the school record in the 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes. He was named Co-Swimmer of the championships in 2003, is a three-time individual Summit League champion and a member of four championship relay teams.
Dickens qualified for the Olympics by winning both breaststroke events at the Canadian Olympic Trials in late March. Dickens will compete in the 100-breast preliminary heats on Saturday July 28 with finals the next day, and the 200-breast qualifying heats on July 31 with finals on Aug. 1. He will also compete in the 4x100-meter medley relay with heats beginning on Aug. 3 with the finals on Aug. 4.
Jensen qualified for the triathlon after a two-year qualification period that lasted from June 1, 2010 and ended on May 31, 2012. After competing in races on five continents, she ranked in the top 55 in the world and was giving an invitation to compete in her first Olympic Games and she is looking to experience everything that the Olympics has to offer.
"Of course I hope to do very well in the triathlon competition," said Jensen. "But I look forward to watching and supporting some of the other Danish athletes, make new friends and just experience everything London has to offer as an Olympic city.
Jensen will compete on Aug. 4at Hyde Park, one of the largest parks in Central London. She will not attend the opening ceremonies in order to continue her training in Spain but will continue to stay in London after her event to cheer on her Danish teammates and attend the closing ceremonies.
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