June 25, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former Ohio State men’s swimmer George Markovic will be representing Serbia at the 2012 London Olympics after qualifying for the 400 meter freestyle with a “B” standard Olympic time of 3:52.58. With his qualifying time in the Olympic Games, which will be held July 27-Aug. 12, Markovic also will be a part of the first-ever Serbian relay team, participating in the 4 x 100 freestyle relay.
Markovic was a 2010 NCAA All-American and won a Big Ten championship in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:15.35. During his senior season, Markovic was captain of the 2010 Big Ten Championship team, helping the program claim the Big Ten crown.
“We are very excited and thrilled for George to have this lifetime opportunity,” head coach Bill Wadley said. “It is something he’s been working on for the past five years and to see him achieve this goal is very exciting for him and the program.”
Wadley has now had at least one former or current Ohio State swimmer participate in the Olympics since the 1988 Games in Seoul, South Korea. In all, Wadley has now coached 16 swimmers that have reached the Olympics.
Markovic represents the tenth Ohio State Olympian for the 2012 London Games. The U.S. Olympic Trials for swimming takes place June 25-July 2 in Omaha, Neb. Ohio State’s 36 members is tied with Stanford for the largest contingent of swimmers from one squad at the elite competition.