Tuesday, July 8, 2008

An Olympian in our midst

I have a couple of things that I am behind in writing about but this definitely trumps them for the moment.

Wait for it.

Wait for it.

I swam in the lane next to Kate Ziegler last night at Masters.

Yeah, I actually got kicked out of my lane because she needed it. (Thanks, coach.)

Anywho, a little about this swimming phenom for those of you who have been living under a rock for the last week as the US Olympic Swim Trials conclude in Omaha, NE.
Kate finished 2nd to Katie Hoff in the 400 free and won the 800 free at the Olympic Trials, earning her spot in Beijing. In addition, Kate has the 1500 m world record by nearly 10 seconds. She demolished Janet Evans long standing record.

It is amazing that the women's 1500m free event does not yet exist at the Olympics. If it did, would Kate Ziegler be the girl version of Ian Thorpe? I think she would easily win the 400, the 800 and the 1500 meter events.

Anywho, we did a synchronized flip turn before she was so far ahead of me I could hardly see her... and it was magical.


Jamie said...

That is wicked cool KT! I can't even imagine swimming next to someone that fast.
I imagine it would make me feel like I was swimming in place next to a rocket like that.

J-Wim said...

Very very cool.
I can't imagine how slow I would look swimming next to someone that fast....

Ryan said...

I would have switched lanes real quick and left her a little warm present for making me change lanes.

But that is just me!

TRI-ROB said...

FUN! Didn't you feel like your swim jumped three levels just by being next to someone SO talented??? You'll never forget that experience! SO cool!


Mark said...

I would MUCH rather swim in the lane next to KT than Kate Ziegler ;)