Highlighting the field are an array of Olympic medalists. Carly Piper (Grosse Point, Mich.), a member of the gold-medal-winning 800m free relay that broke the 17-year-old world record at the 2004 Olympic Games, is joined by three-time gold medalist Brooke Bennett (Tampa, Fla.). In addition, Maritza Correia (Valrico, Fla.), a 2004 silver medalist in the 400m freestyle relay, will continue her push for the 2008 Olympic Games in East Meadow. Correia, the first black American woman to qualify for an Olympic swim team, is currently training out of Raleigh, N.C. Correia is joined by 1996 Olympic silver medalist Alison Wagner (San Francisco, Calif.). Wagner won her Olympic medal in the 400m individual medley.
Swimming alongside the Olympic and national champions are 10 Long Island swimmers ranging in age from 14-26 and representing the Long Island Express and Long Island Aquatic Club. The early psyche sheet can be found at usaswimming.org/media. Local contenders include Kevin Wakefield, Yury Zimarev, Dan Demarko, Emily Kelly, Erica Derlath, Julia Festa, Tommy O’Neil, Sean Lane, Jack Wagner and Bobby Smith.
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