July 12, 2012 - by
A Big Time Debut

July 12, 2012

OMAHA, Neb. -Although he was slightly off his morning swim time of 2:00.99, Josh Friedel moved up two spots in order to take 12th place in the 200 back at the 2012 Olympic Trials with a final mark of 2:01.36.

“Twelfth in the country is awesome,” head coach Neil Harper said. “He had a shot to move on and he went out a little too hard. I am so happy and excited for him. This is a great experience for him to take into next season and even in the 2016 Olympic Trials.”

During prelims, Friedel earned a career best time by about two seconds from 2:02.85, a target which he set last summer at the 2011 Junior National Championships. The Fredricksburgh, Va. native was able to recover from a mishap off the start in the prelims of that meet in the 200 back in order to qualify for Olympic Trials.

Friedel finishes these Olympic Trials joining former Seminole standout Kyle Young with Top 16 finish. Young placed fifth back in 2008 in the 1500 meter free.

Friedel wasn’t the only Seminole in action, as he was one of three Florida State Swimmers to earn career best times in their events.

In the 100 free, Kaitlyn Dressel posted a 56.36 while ending up in a tie for 38th place. Tiffany Oliver swam a time of 56.71 en route to a 54th place showing. Former Seminole CJ Hendry competed in the event, posting a time of 57.73.

Olympic Trial Blog Day 5-

CJ Hendry talks about Day five of the Olympic Trials:

After relaxing all week it was time to get at it again. Get my mind refocused on swimming fast. Kaitlyn, Tiff, Josh and I got up early for a wake-up swim the headed back for breakfast. Warm up went well, felt good and ready to go. The other day I was fitted for the new Nike Swift racing suit so I was looking forward to actually racing in it.

It fit well but was pretty tight around my legs, I figured that would help give me some lift in the race. Before I headed over to the ready room I had few quick words with Coach Andy. He told me to relax, breathe…and he reminded me that I had done this already, this was my second swim and I knew how things worked. I kept a clear mind and stayed pretty chill leading up to my time to race. It’s really amazing what the mind can do when it’s focused on one thing…I don’t remember noticing the thousands of people watching, or notice the heat before me clearing the pool. All I saw was an empty lane out in front of me.

I kneeled down to splash myself a few times, took a couple big deep breaths and stepped up. I don’t really recall how the race felt all I know was that my legs quit kicking about 15 meters out. I didn’t have a great swim. When I got around to talking to Coach Andy about it he said that he didn’t think I was getting a good catch in the first 50.

As the race went on I started grabbing the water better and moving better but by that time it was a little late. It’s very tough not to get emotional. When I got my trial cut in the 100 free in Indy it just clicked. It clicked the second I jumped in for warm up, I knew I was going to swim fast. I asked Andy after my race, why can’t things just fall into place? He replied by telling me that if we all knew (swimmers and coaches) how to make things fall into place then there would be way more fast swimming. It would be easy. Well, we all know by now that swimming is far from easy. Maybe I put too much pressure on myself to swim well. But when you prepare and train and taper and do all you can perform great…expectations begin to rise. I think, well if I can make a trial cut unrested then I should swim lights out when I do get to rest. Swimming is about going fast when it counts…at finals, at the end of the season meet, at Nationals or wherever. It’s just how the sport works. When it’s go time, you better get going.

For our other Seminoles, the morning went much better. Kaitlyn and Tiffany went lifetime bests in the 100 free. Josh had the standout swim though, he’s made the semi-finals in the 200 back and it sitting nicely in 14th. He’s got nothing to lose. GO JOSH!!!