Yemm Concludes Action at the 2012 USA Olympic Trials|
July 2, 2012
OMAHA, Neb. – Steve Yemm, who concluded his Flames career in 2011, recently finished competition at the 2012 USA Olympic Swimming and Diving Trials at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb. Yemm placed 25th in the 100-meter butterfly with a heat-winning time of 54.06 and just missed the semi-finals by 0.32 seconds. He also participated in the 200 fly earlier in the week, but was unfortunately disqualified.
"The whole thing was mind-blowing," said Yemm. "I knew I could go out in the first 50 meters fast enough to be in the top 16 so it all depended on how fast I could bring it back. That was just about as fast as I could go."
The Sterling, Ill., native was amongst the world’s top swimmers as 14-time Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps, claimed victory in the 100 and 200 fly with a times of 51.14 and 1:53.65, respectively.
"It was amazing to be around swimmers that I look up to," said Yemm. "My warm up area was right next to Michael Phelps so I could hear him strategize with his coaches and talk about the races. It was a really great experience."
“Steve worked really hard for this goal and I’m proud of the success he has achieved,” said UIC head coach Paul Moniak. “To compete against the very best is one the goals of our program and Steve has certainly elevated UIC’s competitive level.”
Yemm holds three individual UIC records and three relay records including the 100-yard fly (47.65), 200 fly (1:45.18), 100 back (49.05), 400 free relay (2:57.04), 200 medley relay (1:28.90) and the 400 medley relay (3:14.68). His 100 and 200 fly times along with the 400 free and 400 medley relay marks still stand as Horizon League records.
This isn’t the first time a UIC athlete has competed in the Olympic Trials -- Blake Booher swam the 50 freestyle during the 2008 season.