Talon Lindquist produced another career-best time while competing in his first international swimming competition.
The Kodiak kid set a new personal standard in the 200-meter backstroke at the 2019 Aon New Zealand Open Championships Wednesday at the Sir Owen G Glenn National Aquatic Centre.
Lindquist, a rising sophomore at the University of Hawaii, turned a time a 2 minutes, 07.23 seconds in the preliminary round, chopping five seconds off his seed time. He went 2:07.66 in the A final to place eighth. The winning time was 1:58.86, while the top three finishers all went under the 2020 US Olympic Team Trial qualifying time of 2:02.99.
Lindquist, who rewrote the Alaska prep record book before graduating from Kodiak in 2018, went into the meet hoping to gain entrance into the team trials. He came close on Monday when he fell .73 seconds shy of reaching the 100-meter backstroke cut time. He finished third in the B final with a time of 57.32. He added a third in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:27.42.
All of Lindquist’s times have been career bests. He finished the New Zealand meet late Wednesday night with the 200 individual medley.
“It has been my dreams for a very long time to make the Olympic trials,” Lindquist told the Daily Mirror before leaving for New Zealand. “But with that said, I hate overthinking things, so I’m just going out there to swim as fast as I can and have fun.”
John Lindquist, Talon’s father and former KHS swimming coach, said his son will have several more chances to reach his goal of swimming for Team USA.
“They run a lot of long course meets in conjunction with his college meets,” John Lindquist said.