RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Elizabeth Shaw made the decision to walk away from competitive swimming after her four year career at the University of Virginia in 2011, but earlier this year she came out of retirement to give the sport she loves on last shot.
Shaw decided to return to the water in March and has spent the last four months training hard for the U.S. Olympic Trials. She qualified for two events this month and will compete in the 200m butterfly and 200m individual medley in Omaha at the trials next week.
The former Mills Godwin and UVA swimmer knows that her chances of making the Olympic team are slim, but says she hopes to perform well. Shaw says that no matter what happens, this will be her last meet as a competitive swimmer and this time there will be no comeback.
Shaw currently swims for her NOVA club team and is one of 12 swimmers from the club to earn a spot at the trials. This includes Emma Nunn, who just graduated from Deep Run and will head to the University of North Carolina in the fall. She will swim in three events. Meanwhile, Blair Carnes will make her Olympic Trials debut, swimming the 200m breaststroke. Carnes is a rising senior at the Steward School. Also swimming in the trials from NOVA are Thomas Stephens, a Collegiate product who currently swims at Stanford, and fellow Cougar Rachel Naurath.
The U.S. Olympic Swim Trials are June 25th-July 2nd in Omaha, NE.