Björn Seeliger Named To Swedish Olympic Team
BERKELEY – California men's swimmer Björn Seeliger will represent Sweden at the Tokyo Olympics later this month, as he was officially selected by the Swedish Olympic Committee last week.
Seeliger, who wrapped up a dynamic freshman year in Berkeley earlier this spring, will compete in the 50-meter freestyle event at the Olympics. He's one of two Golden Bears swimming for Sweden in Tokyo, joining incoming freshman Robin Hanson, who made the team in late May and will compete in the 200-meter free.
Swimming at the Sette Colli Trophy in Rome, Italy, on June 26, Seeliger swam a 21.71 to set a personal record and clear the FINA "A" cut. The Swedish Olympic Committee later officially accepted him onto the roster that will compete in Tokyo. Seeliger's 21.71 currently positions him as the 13th-fastest man in the world in the event.
Seeliger won two NCAA relay titles in the 200-yard and 400-yard free relay events and earned All-America status in six total events (two individual, four relay) as a freshman at Cal this spring. He was the runner-up in the 50-yard free at NCAAs with a time of 18.71, ranking as the second-fastest time in the nation for the 2020-21 season behind Cal teammate Ryan Hoffer. Seeliger added a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard free at NCAAs and won four relay titles at the Pac-12 Championships.
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