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Here are the five locals competing in the U.S. swimming and diving Olympic trials

Krysta Palmer
Krysta Palmer is one of five locals competing in the U.S. swimming and diving Olympic trials. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Five athletes with local ties will compete in the U.S. Olympic swimming and diving trials, which begin Sunday and run through June 20. Swimmers Emma Karam, Luke Hobson and Donna dePolo and divers Krysta Palmer and Evan Moretti will take part in the trials. Here is a look at each athlete.

Divers (June 6-13 in Omaha)

Krysta Palmer: Palmer graduated from Douglas High and competed for the Wolf Pack from 2012-16, twice earning Mountain West diver of the year honors. Currently a volunteer assistant coach for the Wolf Pack, Palmer will compete in the synchronized 3-meter, 3-meter springboard, 1-meter platform and synchronized platform at the U.S. Diving Olympic Trials. Palmer has the best chance of the five on this list to make the Olympic team.

Evan Moretti: A graduate of Duke, Moretti is the Wolf Pack swimming and diving team's director of operations and will compete in the synchronized 3-meter, 3-meter springboard, 1-meter platform and synchronized platform at the U.S. Diving Olympic Trials. Moretti and Palmer are being coached by Nevada diving coach Jian Li You.

In diving, the top two individuals per event and top synchronized team per event qualify for Tokyo.

Swimmers (June 13-20 in Indianapolis)

The swimming trials were split into two waves this year with the Wave I qualifiers being required to hit a lower time than Wave II qualifiers. All of the locals in this year's trials will compete during the more difficult Wave II trials.

Luke Hobson: A senior at Reno High, Hobson is a top-10 recruit in the nation who has signed with Texas, which won this year's national championship. He is qualified for the Wave II trials in the 50, 100, 200, and 400 freestyle. He competes for the Lakeridge Swim Team. Hobson is the top-ranked high school recruit in any sport in Northern Nevada history.

Emma Karam: A junior at Galena High, Karam is a top-25 national recruit in the 2022 class. She has verbally committed to North Carolina. Karam qualified for Wave II in the 200 backstroke and is also eligible to swim in the 100 backstroke in Wave II. In March, she competed the 100 back in 52.19 seconds, setting the Pacific 16U record in that event, breaking a mark previously held by Olympic gold medalist Natalie Coughlin. Karam competes for Reno Aquatic Club.

Donna dePolo: This will be the Bishop Manogue grad's second appearance the U.S. trials after also reaching that stage in 2016. A senior at Nevada, dePolo has qualified in Wave II in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. dePolo made the Wave II Olympic cut in the 100 breaststroke, which also gives her an opportunity to race in the 200 breaststroke.

Galena High alum McKenna Meyer, who swam for San Diego State in college, also qualified for the trials but has since retired.

The top-two finishers in each swimming event will earn berths to Tokyo, although as many as six swimmers can be selected to the Team USA roster in the 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle for relay duty.

The Wolf Pack has had six Olympians throughout its program history, including Natalia Pulido (Spain, 1992), Lise Mackie (Australia, 1992-96), Chavisa Thaveesupsoonthorn (Thailand, 2004-08), May Ooi (Singapore, 1992), Limi Liu (China 1996-2000) and Diana Sokolowska (Poland, 2012). No local high school swimmers have ever qualified for the Olympics.


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