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 Saturday, Ruiz and Bratton will swim in the 200-meter backstroke.
The 400 individual medley (time trial) wasn’t my best time, but I was right on five minutes, and it was a good swim.
Natilee dropped time in the 200 free. We did sleep in a little bit more, and she was in the first event at time trials. She got out of the warmup pool and was pretty much back in. Also, it was just another race we’ve done, and we’re getting the hang of it some more.
I’m really excited for the 200 back. I think that’s gonna be the swim of the meet.
We really trained a lot for the backstroke, a lot of pace. We really focused on the 200 back in practice leading up, so that will help.
I really only became a 200 backstroker this past year. I kind of switched around events. I was an IMer and a distance freestyler. I found the backstroke, and my backstroke kind of clicked.
Natilee’s always been a good 200 distance swimmer. She has a really good backstroke. I think we both have a pretty good chance as far as dropping time.
Today, hopefully we’ll sleep in a little like we did Thursday. I plan to see an iMax movie -- something about the Arctic. I really like the IMAX movies because they’re interesting but educational at the same time.
My time in the 200 free (2 minutes, 4.80 seconds) qualified me for the U.S. Open in August in Indianapolis. I was happy about making that cut.
Afterward, we went out and had the best barbecue I have had in my entire life. We came back to the hotel, and I took a short nap and went to finals. I wasn’t following any particular race, but going there and watching and seeing how fast they’re actually going, it freaks me out.
I’ve seen my future coach from San Diego State, and a few other girls from the team found me. It’s really cool.
But being away, I get the taste of what it’s going to be like. My mom’s here, but I still miss my dad, my brothers, my boyfriend, and it’s like, ‘It’s only a week.’ I can’t imagine months at a time being without them.