Both swimmers have had a busy year of training and meets from the European Aquatics Championships in Budapest to the Croatian Nationals to qualify for the Olympics.
Ema Rajić gained the right to perform with the achieved Olympic B norms result, with a 1: 08.17 in the 100m breaststroke and 25.96 in the 50 m freestyle. As no other Croatian swimmer qualified for the Olympics with the A norm, Ema Rajić gained that right as the swimmer with the most FINA points won this season. In an interview with TCN, Ema stated her next goal is to qualify for the Olympics
Ema Rajić was born in 2000 in the States and is a student at Berkeley University, where she studies genetics and genomics. She has dual American and Croatian citizenship and has been swimming for the Croatian national team since 2019. Her home club is the Dubrava Swimming Club from Zagreb.
Croatian swimmer Nikola Miljenić, a member of PK Medveščak, swam the A Olympic norm in the 50 meters freestyle and secured a spot to the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Miljenić, for the first time in his career, went under 22 seconds in the 50 meters freestyle, which secured him a ticket to Tokyo. The Olympic A norm is 22.01, and Miljenić swam 21.95, improving his personal record by 27 hundredths, on the last day of the Golden Bear meet.
Nikola Miljenic (23), born and raised in Zagreb, is a student at the University of Southern California (USC) majoring in international relations. He has been a part of the Croatian Swimming Federation since 2015.
Earlier this week, the Croatian Swimming Federation has announced that, unfortunately, Franko Grgic and Marin Mogic will not be joining Ema and Nikola in Tokyo this summer due to injuries.
We wish Ema and Nikola the best of luck in Tokyo this summer!
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