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 Wednesday, Ruiz was 45th in the preliminaries of the women’s 200-meter individual medley. Ruiz’s time of 2 minutes, 18.57 seconds was 6.19 seconds behind leader Caitlin Leverenz.
The top 16 advanced to the semifinals.
Ruiz and Bratton will swim in time trials today. Their next race is the 200 backstroke Saturday.
My IM was a little bittersweet. I was hoping to do better. It was just, deep down you want to go a little extra. It’s OK. I’m fine with it.
I was so nervous before my race, and afterward, I just felt so much better. ‘Oh, the first one’s over with.’My time trial did not go as well. I swam that right after my IM. I swam around what I’ve been going, but I was more happy with my IM.
I’m time-trialing the 200 free today. Todd (Stafek, Tri-City Channel Cats coach) just thinks this is my event for some reason. My paces are going well. I’m kind of waiting for that moment to happen. We’ll see how it goes.
Natilee had a good IM. She was right on her best time, and then my IM (time trial) wasn’t so good. I was a little off my best time again. I think Natilee’s 100 back time trial was a little off, too.
I tried to move around. I was really excited and ready to go. I was in the outside lane, and that could have been part of it, but I’m not sure why it’s not quite coming together yet.
We started the time trials 30 minutes after the meet, and so we were out of there about 2 p.m. I did lunch with my parents, and we both actually took a nap, and that was our afternoon.
I didn’t watch any prelims besides Natilee’s race. But we saw the finals, which were pretty exciting. My favorite would be the men’s 200 freestyle or the women’s 100 backstroke. The 100 breaststroke was really good for the women, too. They were all really close.
In the men’s 200, Michael Phelps had a little lead the whole time, but that last 50, Ryan Lochte really turned it on. For a while, I thought he was going to have it, but Phelps outtouched him. Five-hundredths separated the two.
I’m not quite sure how today will go. I hope Natilee and I can sleep a little later because neither of us swims in prelims.
Behind the blocks, it feels just like another meet, but everything else still feels totally different.