Granite Bay's Alyssa Anderson closes in on Olympic swim team spot

By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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Granite Bay High School graduate Haley Anderson may have company in London for the Olympic Games: her sister.

Swimmer Alyssa Anderson this week likely qualified for a spot on an Olympic relay team by finishing sixth in the 200 freestyle at the U.S. Trials in Omaha, Neb. The teams were to be announced Saturday.

Haley Anderson won the FINA USA Marathon Swim Qualifier three weeks ago in Setubal, Portugal.

“Granite Bay HS and our community have always been proud of Alyssa and Haley and cheered their accomplishments as they have succeeded at every level,” Grizzlies coach John Sherman said in a text to the Press Tribune. “Now they have earned the opportunity to represent the USA and have earned the pride of their entire country. I couldn’t be happier for these two amazing young women.

“Great to see Grizzlies in London!”

Haley Anderson, who will be a senior at USC, won an NCAA championship in the 500 freestyle in March. She also earned All-America honors in the 1,650 freestyle and 800 free relay.

Alyssa Anderson earned All-America status in five events at the NCAA Championships in Auburn, Ala., and finished her career with Arizona as a 13-time All-American.

Pole vaulter Roth just misses berth

Granite Bay graduate Scott Roth finished third in the pole vault at the track and field trials Thursday in Eugene, Ore., but didn’t earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.

Roth, Jeremy Scott, Derek Miles and Mark Hollis cleared 18 feet, 4¼ inches in the 11-man finals, but Roth didn’t have the Olympic A standard of 18-9¼.

Brad Walker earned his fourth U.S. title at 18-7¼. The other two spots went to Scott and Miles.

Roth has cleared 18-9¼ but not during the allowable window this season.

“I had a couple of decent cracks at it,” Roth said Friday, adding he fought hamstring issues during his quest. “I didn’t get the A (standard), but I got third. I got about as close as you can get to making the team.”

Wind and rain aside, Roth described his first trials as “an incredible experience.”

Roth, who turned 24 this week, said he’s ready to move forward and may travel to Europe for some meets.