Murphy Set to Lead Pair of Americans at 2012 FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifer in Portugal

Murphy is gearing up for the 2012 London Olympics this weekend at the 2012 FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier in Portugal.

CAMBRDIGE, Mass. – In preparation for the upcoming Olympic Games, Tim Murphy, the Ulen-Brooks Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Swimming and Diving, is currently in Setubal, Portugal, as head coach of Team USA's open water swim team as Haley Anderson and Ashley Twichell vie to become America's female representative in London.

Anderson and Twichell will be competing in the 2012 FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier on June 9, with the top finisher earning a spot on the Olympic team. The race is 10k in length and will be swum in Setubal Bay. Anderson, 25, hails from the Trojan Swim Club in Los Angeles, Calif., while Twichell, 22, is a member of Mission Viejo Nadadores out of Mission Viejo, Calif.

Murphy was named the head coach of Team USA's open water squad last summer after coaching the red, white and blue at the FINA World Championships, the World University Games and the FINA Short Course World Championships. As the FINA World Championships coach, Murphy oversaw former Crimson standout and U.S. national champion Alex Meyer '10 in the 10k open water event as he finished fourth with a time of 1:54:33.10. Meyer became the first American to qualify for the Olympics as a result and was later named USA Swimming's Open Water Swimmer of the Year.