July 5, 2016
OMAHA, Neb. - Rising junior Molly Fitzpatrick (Manchester, N.H./The Derryfield School) turned in a time of 2:34.29 in the 200-meter breaststroke on Thursday afternoon at the U.S. Olympic Trials at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
Fitzpatrick, making her first appearance at a U.S. Olympic Trials, finished 60th of 124 competitors, improving on her seed time by one-tenth of a second, while missing the semifinals by five seconds.
"When it came to my race, I was definitely pretty nervous, but once I walked on deck to swim and suddenly saw the incredible pool with all the cheering fans, I immediately was nothing but excited," Fitzpatrick said. "At the moment not only did I have the chance to race on this new level, but I also had so much support coming from my team Ã¢â'¬" no matter where they were. That was huge. The amount of people that reached out to me wishing me good luck, or letting me know they'd be watching just made me all the more excited to swim and represent Georgetown. I don't think I'm going to forget that feeling anytime soon. The race itself went faster than any race I've ever had. Overall though, the experience was nothing short of incredible and I am so grateful I was able to be a part of it."
For Fitzpatrick, the first Hoya to compete in a USA Swimming Olympic qualifier, the experience proved to be worth all of the hard work and training throughout the years.
"The meet truly was a once in a lifetime kind of experience," Fitzpatrick said. "For an entire week, I had the chance to be surrounded by such elite athletes and the same swimmers I've grown up watching, all while swimming in one of the best facilities around. You really can't beat that."