Graduated from Rochester Adams High School 02′
Graduated from University of Michigan 06′
Hometown: Rochester, MI
2-time Olympian 04′ and 08′
3-time medalist, 2 gold (4×200), one bronze (200 free)
Currently lives in Gainesville, FL
Being a pro athlete is great because I have a very unique work experience everyday. I get to do something that I really enjoy. My job is basically to stay in top physical condition and be healthy. The downside is the constant grind of training, always feeling tired, and never being able to take vacations.
It’s hard to pick just one moment, but winning the gold medal in 04′ in the 4×200 free relay stands out. I just remember the thrill of the win because the race was so close. It was totally an upset and I think there was a smile on my face for days after we won.
My goal for the 2012 Olympics is to make the team first. Then, I want to be able to win medals in every event that I qualify for. Obviously as a team, we want to win as many medals as possible. Making the team is the first step though…
My relationship with my USA teammates is really good. Even though we don’t all train together, when we do get together, we pick up right where we left off. I have known many of the people on the national team for many years now so it’s fun to have that connection. I’d stay I’m closest to the guys that I have trained with though. That includes guys that have swam at Michigan and Florida.
The diet is pretty much whatever I want to eat. I burn enough calories everyday that quantity really isn’t an issue. I’m in the pool for about 20 hours a week, plus at least another 10 hours of dry-land conditioning. However, I try really hard to eat healthy and balanced because I feel better when I’m eating well. What I eat is pretty much the fuel my body uses to swim, so it’s important to use high quality fuel.
My plans after this summer aren’t set in stone. I may continue swimming if everything goes well. I also would like to travel for a little while and experience some things that I haven’t been able to do…like take a vacation!