Othello graduate Natilee Ruiz and Richland swimmer Lisa Bratton are competing this week in Omaha, Neb., at the U.S. Olympic Trials. They are checking in with Herald staff writer Katie Dorsey each day from Omaha.
On Tuesday, Bratton was 121st in the 100-meter backstroke preliminaries with a time of 1 minute, 4.83 seconds, well off leader Missy Franklin’s time of 59.54 seconds.
At about 9:30 a.m. today, Ruiz will swim in the sixth heat of the women’s 200-meter individual medley.
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My 100 back wasn’t the best swim, but that’s OK. I was figuring it all out.
Todd (Stafek, Tri-City Channel Cats coach) says my first 50 wasn’t as quick as he’d like it to be. And then my legs died. I realized at one point, ‘Oh, I’m not really kicking anymore.’
I would definitely try to jump around more behind the blocks. I sat around a bit beforehand, and your heart rate kind of drops. I was out of the warmup pool around Heat 1, and that was kind of early.
But I was able to block out the scoreboard, and I was really proud that I could do that and just swim.
We stayed for a little bit after my race and left at noon. We got some lunch and met up with my family and went to a train museum. It was an old train station. They had an engine and a caboose and a car. They also had a part telling us the history of the town of Omaha. Then they had a section with all kinds of mind puzzles. They had a nail standing up, and there were about 10-14 other nails. You had to balance them all on that one nail. It was tricky.
After that, we went back to the pool and watched finals.
There’s talk about going to the zoo today, but I don’t know how that will work because we’re going to be at the pool most of the day. I’m doing a time trial in the 200 IM today and in the 400 IM on Thursday.
I was on deck watching Lisa. I’m waiting for my turn to get rid of the first-race jitterbugs.
She was fine with how she did. I was so proud of her, with it being her first time at the Olympic Trials and her first race.
All the races today just blurred together. In the moment, though, it’s pretty cool to watch.
It hit me after dinnertime that I’m swimming today, and I’m also time-trialing the 100 back after the 200 IM. I swam well Tuesday night in our paces and sprints. I’ve been kind of nervous because my pace and sprint times were off, but they were back on. Todd was happy.
I was swimming faster than I thought I was. I just can’t keep that in my head, or else they’ll get to me. I just have to swim my race.