Nick Soedel (pictured) and Traycie Swartz will be one of eight Utes competing at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials June 25-July 2.
June 6, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - UtahUtes.com recently caught up with rising junior Traycie Swartz and rising sophomore Nick Soedel of the University of Utah swimming & diving team for a Q&A about the upcoming U.S. Olympic Team Trails on June 25 through July 2 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.
Swartz will swim in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 back, while Soedel will compete in the 50 free and 100 free.
For more details, please read the complete rundown of the Utes at the Olympic Trials.
How is training for the Olympic Trials progressing?
Swartz: "Right now, we're at the transition period, going from hard training to more stroke-specific and race-specific to get us ready for trials. It's pretty fun right now."
How does training compare to during the collegiate season?
Soedel: "It feels about the same, since we're swimming long-course right now. The fact that we'll be going to a bigger meet than we've ever gone to is making us swim a little harder in practice. There's going to be more than 15,000 people watching us. We really have to impress people when we go. I'm really excited to go. It's going to be quite an experience."
Traycie, will the experience of swimming at a big meets like the 2008 Olympic Trials and the 2012 NCAA Championships help you at this year's Olympic Trials?
Swartz: "It should. I've been to the Olympic Trials before in 2008 so by now, I'm used to high-pressure meets, but I still get nervous just like everyone else. I don't think that will ever change."
How comforting is it to have seven other current and/or former Utes right there with you in Omaha?
Swartz: "I'm really excited to have a lot of teammates there with me. When I went in 2008, I had three other girls with me and it wasn't quite the team experience that I would have liked, but this year I'm going with a close team and that will definitely change my attitude."
Nick, your father (Sven) swam for Purdue, so what was it like to qualify for Trials in West Lafayette?
Soedel: "It was good. There were a lot of people cheering me on because I know a lot of the Purdue swimmers and they know me. I'm good friends with the coach there, too, so he was congratulating me as well and wishing me luck before and after my races. I also had a lot of family there to watch me, too."
Talk about the different events you will swim at Olympic Trials?
Soedel: "There really isn't that much of a difference between the 50 free and 100 free. They're both all-out sprints. I'm looking forward to the 100 free the most because I want to set a pretty big personal record, but I'm pretty sure my 50 free is going to be up there with it. Both of my events are going to be really fast and really strong."
How has the coaching staff at Utah help you reach this point?
Swartz: "The faith the coaching staff has in us has gone a long way. They know that we belong there and that we have what it takes to make the team. We just have to want it as bad as they want it. It's just a matter of putting everything together that they have already taught us. We just have to go out there and swim with our hearts like [Head Coach] Greg [Winslow] tells us.
"[Winslow] has been preparing me for the last two years, and [Soedel] for the last year, to go to the Olympic Trials. He's always had faith that we'd make it, even during our college season. Before NCAA's, he told us that we are training for the trials."