Ayman Andrews swims to Olympic Trials

The first thing which comes to mind whenever you think of Olympics are pictures of memorable performances of grand athletes like Hardy, Jones, Dan Gould, Williams & Crane. The kind of mental toughness along with the willingness to excel at their game and be the best is something which is quite remarkable.

Mental conditioning along with grooming is very important when you are competing among the best of players from around the world and that's where a coach plays a very important role. The best players are selected after Olympic trials in USA.

Before the official Summer Olympics starts, it has been a tradition to conduct several Olympic trials so that those worthy participants can be chosen to represent the USA team. The USA Swimming operates and organizes the United States Olympic trials for swimming. The very first trials in swimming were held in the year 1920 in California. This year, it was held in Omaha, Nebraska. The 2012 Olympics Trials were conducted from June 25 up to July 2.

Ayman Courtney Andrews, a 21-year old junior student of Army Black Knights in West Point, and Amanda Croix, the assistant coach, were the ones chosen to represent the Army in the United States Olympic Trials. Andrews represented the 100-meter butterfly category and got the 20th rank. In the meantime, Croix represented the 50-meter freestyle and earned the 105th rank. The swimming event was held on the same day as Andrews' 21st birthday, July 1, 2012. The finals on Women 50-meter freestyle was held the next day.

Andrews was already showing good swimming skills even when he was in his high school years. He was awarded as the State Swimmer of the Year in Northwest New Jersey. Other than that, he had a lot of swimming awards from different categories. This is why the Army chose him for the swimming Olympics. Croix also had a very good background in swimming before she got in the army and became an assistant coach. One of her most prestigious awards in swimming was in the year 2010 when she was awarded the NCAA Division III National Champion.

Amanda Croix had an outstanding swimming career with Carthage College before joining as assistant coach with Black Knight's staff. In the year 2010 Croix was awarded as National Champion in 50-yard freestyle where she had clocked a record time of 22.77 seconds. Croix also served as head girls coach during the summer of 2010 at college swimming.com. Croix was also selected as female athlete of the year on three different occasions, something which wasn't achieved by any other player.

Additionally, Croix won the prestigious award known as Joseph F. Simmons which is given to senior and outstanding athlete. Winning awards was something which was not new to Amanda Croix as she had an interesting list of accomplishments throughout her career. She is also an excellent coach whom people look forward for guidance.

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