Torri Huske is a real fish under water! With two swimming records under her belt, all eyes are on the 18-year-old from Arlington, Virginia as she heads to the Olympics.
During the semi-final heat in Omaha, Nebraska, Torri was able to break two records that helped her secure her spot on the 2020 Olympic swimming team, which will be heading to the games in Japan. The Olympic games will take place from July 23rd to August 8th of this year.
She broke the U.S. women’s record in the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 55.78 seconds. The next night she broke her own record with a time of 55.66 seconds and became the third fastest woman in history to complete the 100-meter butterfly. Torri Huske sits behind China’s Zhang Yufei and Sarah Sjostrom, the world record holder from Sweden.
Even Torri herself was surprised about her finishing time. “I don’t even know what to do,” Torri said. “I’ve been thinking about this a lot. I feel like it hasn’t really sunk in. It’s really crazy.”
For the rest of the Olympic trials, Torri Huske will focus on different styles of swimming. She is set to compete in 50, 100, and 200-meter freestyle swim along with the 200-meter individual medley.
Torri has spent the last year training to make the Olympic team, and she didn’t let the pandemic stop her. “Throughout the pandemic, Torri — who will be swimming for Stanford University in the fall — lowered her personal best in three events. To focus on the trials, she decided to take her senior year of high school online through the Virtual Virginia learning program.”
According to the swimmer, the pandemic helped her to focus on her strength training. During the last year, she trained four hours a day to improve her chances of making it on the Olympic team. At 5-foot-8, Torri is smaller than the average swimmer. But her training has helped her close the gap between her and other swimmers in her age group.
Torri Huske is no stranger to breaking records or winning medals. At 15, while competing at the Sport Fair Winter Classic, she beat her own record by 3 seconds in the 100-yard fly with a time of 53.3. During her high school swimming career, she broke the national high school record for the 100m fly. She set a time of 51.29, which broke records within her high school.
She qualified for the Next College Student Athlete (NCSA) junior and national championships. During the national championships, she was able to break the oldest National Age group records in the 100m fly by placing 4th with a time of 57.80. And in the 2019 National Junior Championships, where she swam in Budapest, Torri helped to win five gold medals for the U.S junior team.
With speed and results like these, it’s no wonder that Torri Huske is being called a gold medal contender. All eyes will be on her when the Tokyo Games begin, and we can’t wait to see what this amazing swimmer does for Team USA.