Leah Braswell, a 16-year-old who trains and competes with the York YMCA in Pennsylvania, recently competed at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials on July 1 in Omaha, Nebraska. The Olympics of Blogs was able to interview her about her experience at the Trials, and here’s what she had to say.
The Olympics of Blogs: What event did you compete in?
Leah: I competed in the 800 freestyle.
The Olympics of Blogs: How did you do at the Olympic Trials?
Leah: I added a few seconds in the 800 and didn’t do as well as I had hoped.
The Olympics of Blogs: How were the Trials? Could you describe them?
Leah: Trials was an indescribable experience. It was so exciting being able to watch finals and getting to see people make their first or fifth Olympic team. There was an extreme mix of emotions between people making the team and others getting third and just missing it.
The Olympics of Blogs: Do you think you will try again for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics?
Leah: In 2020, I hope to be swimming in college and will most likely try again.
The Olympics of Blogs: How were you feeling before you competed?
Leah: My race was on one of the last days of the meet, so I had already been there to watch preliminaries and finals for five days and see how the meet ran, which definitely helped me with nerves. However, I was still pretty nervous before the race because it’s a very intense atmosphere.
The Olympics of Blogs: How did you feel after you were done?
Leah: After the race, I was a little upset because I added to my time, but it was still an amazing experience that I will never forget.
Good luck to Leah in the future in college and Tokyo 2020!
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