Othello graduate Natilee Ruiz and Richland swimmer Lisa Bratton have been competing in Omaha, Neb., at the U.S. Olympic Trials. During the week, they have checked in with Herald staff writer Katie Dorsey.
Bratton spoke after swimming in the 200-meter backstroke semifinals Saturday. Ruiz’s take on the day will be in Monday’s Herald.
I woke up kind of before my alarm. I guess I was just excited. And then warming up, I was feeling pretty good. It took me a little longer to get warmed up, but that usually happens on the last day.
Todd (Stafek, Tri-City Channel Cats coach) told us a couple weeks ago that a 12 low was what made it (in the top 16) last time. I was happy with the time (2 minutes, 13.57 seconds). I didn’t think at all that would make the semis, but later on, Todd said, ‘That might make it.’ I didn’t watch the other heats. I warmed down, changed and waited for them to have the results.
I got quite a few text messages today. I had a chance to respond to all of them, I hope. I hope I didn’t miss anyone. If I did, I’m very sorry.