March 29, 2012
MONTREAL - Former Oakland swimmer Scott Dickens won the 100-meter breaststroke and qualified for his second Olympic team while Grant Harding finished in first place in the B Final of the 100-meter backstroke at the Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials presented by RBC at the Olympic Park Sport Centre this week.
"This has been a very exciting event so far for Oakland," said head coach Pete Hovland. "For Grant, it's a nice reward for him as he has worked very hard to get to this point and swam very well in a big event. He has held his taper for six weeks and to actually swim faster is a testament to how hard he works.
"After hitting a setback in 2008, Scott has really rededicated himself over the last four years to get to this point," added Hovland. "Although he went on to bigger things, representing his country in 2004, he is still a big part of our program and I have always been a fan of his and have admired his success."
Dickens, an All-American for the Golden Grizzlies in 2003, finished in first place in the 100-breast with a time of 1:00.43, just 0.2 seconds off his own national record of 1:00.23 set in 2009, to earn a place on the 2012 Canadian Olympic team.
Dickens, a native of Burlington, Ontario, Canada, also made the Canadian National team in 2004, competing at the Athens Games. He holds the school records in the 100-and 200-breast and earned Co-Mid-Continent Athlete of the Year and Newcomer of the Year in 2003.
Harding, a native of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, won the B Final of the 100-back with a time of 56.67, the eighth fastest time in the country this season. He is a seven-time Summit League champion and finished runner-up in both the 100- and 200-yard backstrokes at The Summit League Championships this season. Harding is also scheduled to swim in the 100-meter freestyle on Friday and the 200-meter backstroke on Saturday at the Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials.
For complete results of the 2012 Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials presented by RBC, go to www.swimming.ca or follow the live results here.