Sharonville swimmer dives into Olympic Trials

St. X junior to swim 400 individual medley
Sharonville swimmer dives into Olympic Trials
Posted at 10:34 AM, Jun 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-22 10:42:47-04

CINCINNATI -- A young Sharonville swimmer hopes Omaha, Nebraska, will be the next stop on his road to Rio de Janeiro and the summer Olympics.

Nick Perera, 16, qualified to swim the 400 individual medley (IM) in Sunday's Olympic Trials, which run Sunday through July 3.

Perera, who will be a junior at St. Xavier High School, will compete against the best swimmers in the country, including the defending Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte, for one of two 400 IM spots on the U.S. Olympic team and the chance to participate in Brazil in August. 

Perera is a member of the Cincinnati Marlins, which have trained local swimmers since 1961 and sent representatives to every Olympics Trials since 1968.

“The Cincinnati Marlins organization and I are very proud of Nick’s accomplishments," said head coach Chris Wolford in a news release. "It is a special opportunity to qualify and compete in a U.S. Olympic Trials.“