Royal Oak native Peter Vanderkaay will represent the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London in the 400-meter freestyle after winning the national championship at the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials in June.
Four years ago, Vanderkaay medaled twice during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, winning bronze in the 200-meter freestyle and gold as a member of the 4x200-meter freestyle relay team. In the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Vanderkaay was a member of the gold medal winning 4x200-meter freestyle relay team with Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Klete Keller.
In an interview with the Kiowa County Signal, Vanderkaay spoke about how difficult it was to make his third Olympics after the Olympic Trials:
"It definitely feels good," Vanderkaay said of making his third team. "I wanted to come in here and get on the team in my first race, and I'm excited about it. It's funny because I remember Klete Keller, a former teammate, telling me the third one was really hard to make. That was definitely true. I had to gut that swim out."