Milledgeville native Jos Smith has returned from Omaha where he spent last week competing for a spot on the United States Olympic swimming team.

Despite setting personal bests in the 50 and 100 meter freestyle with times of 23.44 and 51.33 respectively, Smith was unable to capture a coveted spot on the team.

“I think I did pretty well for myself. Out of 120, I was about 40th in the 100 and about 50th in the 50 I think. It was a little disappointing because I didn’t swim as fast as I wanted to, but just to go to the trials was an experience.”

Garrett Weber-Gale, a swimmer from the University of Texas won both the 100 and 50 freestyle events in which Smith competed.

At the trials, Smith wore a new suit made by Speedo called a ‘laser suit’ which helps to increase swimming speed.

“It was a lot different from any suit I’ve ever worn. It was extremely tight, but I could definitely feel the speed when I was diving off the blocks and pushing towards the wall. I think the (Florida) team will start wearing them during the SEC championships.”

Smith certainly would have loved a chance to compete in Beijing, he knew from the start that the odds were against him.

“0.5 percent of people who swim make the trials and out of the point five, I think it’s only like .02 who actually make the team.”

With the trials over, Smith, a rising senior at the University of Florida is looking toward the upcoming school year for his next competitive swimming.

“I don’t have any more meets this summer. I’m just going home (Gainesville, Fla.), hitting up the weight room a little bit, put on some extra muscle and just get ready for my senior year.”

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