OMAHA, Neb. – Michael Hampel of the Missouri State men’s swimming and diving team competed in the 100-meter breaststroke at the 2021 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials on June 5 at the CHI Health Center.
Hampel, a junior from Owensboro, Ky., finished the event with a time of 1:04.27, which placed him 62nd among all competitors.
“My 11-year-old self would have been proud,” Hampel reflected. “My number one goal as an athlete was fulfilled by swimming at the U.S. Olympic Trials. I do not say it often enough, but I am proud of the sacrifice and dedication I have given to the sport. I have never been so happy behind the block, knowing that in 100 meters, my dream would become a reality. I want to thank my family, friends, coaches and especially that 11-year-old kid from Owensboro, Ky., that had a dream.”
Hampel was an integral part of the MSU men’s swimming and diving team this past season as he was a gold medalist in the 200 breaststroke and a silver medalist in the 100 breaststroke at the MAC Championships this past spring. As a result, of his efforts, he garnered an All-MAC First Team selection. Throughout the 2020-21 season, he posted 15 top-three finishes.
“One of the most rewarding parts of coaching is getting to watch athletes accomplish and experience their lifelong goals,” associate head coach Chelsea Dirks-Ham said. “The Olympic Trials are the pinnacle of our sport and I could not be more proud of Michael for representing himself and our program this week.”