12/05/2009 Last Race – Bronze Medal
The 100m Freestyle was my last race. It was day 7 of the meet and man did it feel like it! The weather conditions had been gloomy and overcast the past 2 days and it was finally starting to clear up. My only thought was to finish the race, a medal and standing on the podium one more time. We were ushered out to the blocks and I couldn’t help but think about how I hoped my suit doesn’t rip like in the previous race. I did my usual ritual before the race. I got on the blocks and dove in, I was in the zone. The first 50m felt amazing and it wasn’t until the back half that I started to feel the fatigue. I pushed through the last 50m, touched the wall and got 3rd. As everyone finished, I was satisfied with my performance as I did my best on that day. I can remember thinking to myself, “ I am #1 in the World in the 100m Butterfly and I made it to the podium in every event that I raced.” This is defiantly one of the top memories that I have had in my swimming career.