Mitchell native competes at Olympic swim trialsOMAHA, Neb. — Mitchell native Katie (Budahl) Price said she’s always wanted a chance to swim in the Olympic time trials ever since she was a swimmer at the Mitchell Aquatics Club back when she was in high school.
By: Claire Meador, The Daily Republic
OMAHA, Neb. — Mitchell native Katie (Budahl) Price said she’s always wanted a chance to swim in the Olympic time trials ever since she was a swimmer at the Mitchell Aquatics Club back when she was in high school.
This year, she turned that dream into a reality and qualified for two events at the Olympic time trials in Omaha, Neb. Price swam in the 100-meter breaststroke on Tuesday and came in 119th place out of 152 swimmers with a time of 1 minute, 13.28 seconds. Her time was 6.95 seconds behind first-place finisher Rebecca Soni. Price will be competing in the women’s 200 breaststroke at 10 a.m. Friday.
“At first I was really disappointed with my finish,” Price said of her first race.
“I was disappointed in myself because I had set a goal to go my best time here at trials but I wasn’t able to do that. I’m trying to learn from the mistakes I made in the 100 (breaststroke) and figure it out for the 200 (breaststroke).”
In the swimming trials, all competitors swim in the preliminary race and the top 16 placers advance to the semifinals. In the semifinal race, the top eight swimmers advance to the finals and the top two finishers in the finals are the swimmers who will represent the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, which start July 27.
Price said to prepare for her race on Friday she’s been watching the tape of her race on Tuesday to make sure that she fixes things she did wrong. She’s also trying to refocus and get as much practice in as she can in her two-day break.
“I was really disappointed an hour or two after my first race and I really let it get to me,” she said.
“But I know I have another opportunity to improve and to compete on Friday in the 200 breaststroke, so I’m focusing on that.”
Price said she always knew she had the ability to make to the Olympic trials; it was just a matter of timing that allowed her to make the trek down to Omaha. She said she feels she put a little too much pressure on herself to do well in the first race and for her next race, she’s just going to try and relax and enjoy her swim.
“I’m just going to go out and enjoy myself and enjoy the opportunity to swim with the athletes that will be representing the United States in the Olympics,” Price said.
“I just want to be able to pull out a best time, I’m not thinking about placing anymore.”
Price said she’s most thankful for the opportunity to make it to the Olympic trials and swim with some of the best athletes in the world.
“It just goes to show that if you stay with your dream and if you work hard and you don’t give up, things can happen,” Price said.
“I’m very thankful for the time that has been given to me.”