Six members of the Northern Kentucky Clippers swim team are scheduled to partake in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, Sunday up until July 3 for a chance at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
The Clippers are considered one of the Top 10 teams in the country per USA Swimming due to the achievement of having the most 17-under swimmers qualify for the Olympic Trials.
"I've been looking forward to this since my sophomore year," swimmer Brendan Meyer said. "I've heard stories of how awesome it is. I'm just going to really take it all in at once and kind of just do the best that I can.
Meyer (Covington Catholic), Madeleine Vonderhaar (Notre Dame Academy) and Mikayla Herich (home schooled) top the group as recent graduates out of high school. Amanda Smith and Sophie Skinner are the younger teammates on the squad as both currently attend Nortre Dame Academy.
Thomas Thetford, who won a NCAA DIII National Championship with Washington and Lee University in Virginia, has been training with the Clippers to prepare himself for his run at the Olympic Trials.
"Mentally, you got to be on your game," Vonderhaar said. "It's taken a lot of meets to get ready for this but I think I'm ready."
Vonderhaar is set to compete in the 100 and 200 Breaststroke, Meyer in the 200 Butterfly, 400 and 1500 Freestyle and Herich in the 200 and 400 Individual Medley. Smith is to take part in the 100 and 200 Backstroke, Skinner to compete in the 50 and 200 Freestyle, 200 Backstroke and 200 IM and Thetford in the 50 Freestyle.
In addition, these six will be joined by Ellen Williamson (University of Virginia), Max Williamson (Stanford University), Sharli Brady (University of Missouri), Anne Davies (University of Kentucky), McKenzie Margrum (Navy) and Hanna Gillcrist (Navy) who are all former Clippers participating in the Olympic Trials for their own opportunity for the Olympics in Rio.
"You know you dream of this kind of stuff," Herich said. "To actually have it happening is kind of so unreal like I still can't believe it's happening."