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.
Today, Ruiz and Bratton will swim in the 200-meter backstroke.
I’m ready to swim this one. I’m ready to go. We got nice and loosened up in warmups. We did some sprints, which were pretty good. They were around our pace time -- at least mine were.
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The IMAX movie I saw was really cool. It was the one about the Arctic. They talked about the polar bears and how the ice was melting. Plus, it was 3D, so the graphics were amazing.
Our race will be later in the day (at 10 a.m. Pacific). We’re the last event. We have to wait for all the 800s.I actually like being the second event. I hate being first. You don’t have to worry about being in the first couple of heats, but you’re pretty close to warming up.
It feels like the week’s gone by really fast, but I’m kind of ready to be done.
What’s been surprising is that Texas A&M has a huge showing. They’ve had quite a few swimmers in the top seeds, which has been amazing. They have two girls (Breeja Larson and Cammile Adams), and they haven’t gone (to the Olympics) before. I went to a camp with the Texas A&M coach last year. They’re definitely on my radar for schools.
Today is the last race of the meet, so I’m gonna do the best I can and hope for the best.
After warmups, I went with my family to a flight museum. That was real interesting. We got to see bunch of airplanes and fighter jets. My grandfather was in the Air Force, so we got to see a lot of what he was flying.
Then we went to a safari nature preserve. We saw elk, deer and a bald eagle. A herd of bison was chilling in the road. We got to see a bear and some pelicans. It was random.
Everything was going well in warmups, but I’ve got to keep it out of my head, or it will get to me. I overthink, I overanalyze every speck of everything, so I’ve gotta take it step by step and hope everything will work out.
Todd (Stafek, Tri-City Channel Cats coach) and I talked, and he was saying when Missy (Franklin) and I swam, I used to beat her in races, and now she is where she is. He said: ‘There’s only one difference between you two. She tells herself there’s no limit. You can do anything you can put your mind. Don’t limit yourself. Don’t have any restrictions.’ I have to work on my mental game, I guess.