It's sure to be a swim down memory lane for Steve West.
The Huntington Beach resident is headed for Omaha this weekend for the 2012U.S. Olympic TeamTrials in men's swimming. West is no stranger to competing for a spot on an U.S. Olympic team; he'll be making his fourth appearance at the Men's Team Swimming Trials.
What makes this latest feat special is the fact he's headed to Omaha as a 40-year-old.
West, who swims with the Irvine Novaquatics National Team, has qualified for the Trials in two events, the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke. Married and a father of two, West said he had learned through Swimming World magazine that he had became the oldest male swimmer to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Last June, at 39, he qualified in the men's 200 breaststroke with a time of 2 minutes, 20.65 seconds at the TYR Fran Crippen Swim Meet of Champions. The U.S. Olympic Trials time standard is 2:20.79.