OMAHA, Neb.- Gardner-Webb senior Nathan Lile competed in his final two events Friday afternoon at the CenturyLink Center as part of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Lile (Waynesville, N.C./Homeschool) started the day off competing in the 50 freestyle, finishing the event in 101st place with a time of 23.40. The Waynesville, N.C. native swam in the 10th of 19 heats and entered the event with a qualifying time of 23.10.
The 2016 Big South Christenberry Award winner saved his best swim of the week, placing 22nd in the 100 fly. Lile won his heat touching the wall with a time of 53.51, eclipsing his qualifying time by over 1.2 seconds (54.79).
The top 16 swimmers in both events advance to the semi-finals, which will be contested on Friday evening, with top eight competitors advancing to Saturday's final and the chance to represent the USA at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
In the first of his three events this week, Lile finished 112th in the 100 back, with a time of 57.29, just shy of his 57.05 qualifying time in the event.
Lile concludes his Gardner-Webb career as one of the most decorated swimmers in the program's history. Earlier this season, Lile became the first swimmers in GWU history earn Academic All-America honors from CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America), as well as earning the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) Most Outstanding Male Swimmer and Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second season in a row.
During his time in Boiling Springs, Lile earned All-CCSA honors 21 times and set numerous school records while competing for the Runnin' Bulldogs.