Competing in the 100m Breaststroke and 4 x 100m Medley Relay at the Rio Olympics
USC connection: USC Spartans swimmer
Just four years after failing to make the finals at the trials for the London Olympics, Jake Packard’s Olympic dream has been realised.
Jake was reconsidering his future as a swimmer four years ago after failing to qualify for London, but redoubled his efforts under USC Spartans coach Chris Mooney. Their combined motivation towards getting Jake to Rio paid off.
The 195cm Noosa swimmer qualified for the 100m breaststroke in a time of 59.57 seconds at April’s Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide. As well as racing in his pet event, he also has the chance to swim alongside his long-time swimming inspiration Christian Sprenger in the 4 x 100m Medley Relay.
Jake, who was born in Penrith, has been well-supported by his family throughout his road to Rio.
Watch Jake compete
- Men’s 100m Breaststroke: Heats Sat 6 August 1pm (Sun 7 August 2am AEST), final Sun 7 August 10pm (Mon 8 August 11am AEST)
- Men’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay: Heats 1pm Fri 12 August (2am Sat 13 August AEST), final 10pm Sat 13 August 10pm (Sun 14 August 11am AEST)