Arlington High School swimmer heads to Tokyo Olympics after breaking record

A high school student from Arlington will travel to Tokyo this summer for Team USA after breaking swimming records in this week’s Olympic trials.

Torri Huske is not your average 18 year old. She spent most of her time in high school practicing in the Yorktown High School swimming pool, and the practice paid off this week.

Huske finished first in practice in Omaha with a time of 55.66 seconds, the fastest in the United States this year. Her Monday night speed broke a record she set on Sunday when she swam the 100-meter butterfly in 55.78 seconds. It broke an American record that had not been touched for nine years.

“It doesn’t even seem real. For example, I don’t even know what to do,” Huske said. “I thought about it a lot actually and the fact that it just happened. I haven’t even figured out that I’m at the Olympic trials yet. I always have to remember that.”

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Huske’s strength coach Torey Ortmayer said the teenager has the potential to win gold.

“The United States of America is the best country when it comes to a sport like swimming, so having the American record and saying you’re the fastest person to do anything in American history is amazing, ”Ortmayer said.

Ortmayer says the pandemic not only delayed testing and threatened Huske’s chances of making it to Tokyo with swimming pools closed for so long, but it also threatened his training. But Huske refused to let anything stop him. She increased her crossover and weight training and eventually found a small pool to work out in.

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“She was able to swim in a very small pool in Ashburn’s garden. It took her three, almost four hours sometimes just to get a full workout, then she would come home, she was doing her hour – plus weights. , she often ran hills or got back on the rower or bike just so she could keep working because no one knew when the pandemic would end, so she wanted to be ready as soon as it was time to get back into a pool and potentially in competition, ”said Ortmayer.

With her guaranteed spot on the 100-meter butterfly team already, Huske will spend the remainder of the week at practice in Omaha to qualify for four more races. That means we could potentially see the Arlington native at five different events in Tokyo this summer.

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