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Bobby Finke and Gator Swim Team Set Sights on Olympics



Bobby Finke and the University of Florida Gator Swim Team prepare for the Olympic trials, aiming to secure spots for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

TAMPA, Fla— Bobby Finke and Andrew Taylor share more than just being teammates on the University of Florida swim team and hailing from the Tampa Bay area — both are vying for spots in the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.

Finke, a Tampa native, is a two-time gold medalist. He earned gold in the 800 free and 1500 free at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He is a key member of the University of Florida Men’s Swim team, alongside Taylor.

Taylor, from Clearwater, is a freshman at UF and has not yet made the Olympic games, though he was an Olympic Trial Qualifier before college.

On Wednesday, Finke and Taylor spoke with WFLA Now host J.B. Biunno and three-time Olympic gold medalist Brooke Bennett about their journeys to Paris.

In a few weeks, Finke and Taylor will compete in the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, where thousands will gather for the nine-day Olympic qualifying event.

The home of the Indianapolis Colts will be transformed into three temporary pools: two 50-meter pools and one 25-meter pool.

UF teammate and Olympic medalist Emma Weyant, a Sarasota native, will also aim to excel at trials. Weyant is familiar with the Olympics, having won the silver medal in the 400-meter individual medley at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

The 2024 Summer Olympic Games will be held from July 26 to August 11. Reported by wfla.
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