It was the opportunity of a lifetime for many and a dream come true for even more. Hundreds of kids got the chance Saturday to swim with the Olympians in Omaha for the Swim Trials.
“I love swimming.” Lacey Nymeyer knows a thing or two about swimming. “It's a sport that you can enjoy no matter the age and no matter the skill level.”
The U.S. Olympic medal winner has been traveling from community to community the last three years teaching and empowering. “We started just like these kids have at their community pools with great supporting families and friends and look where we're at and they can have that, too.”
She's part of the Fitter and Faster Swim Tour that made a splash at the UNO pool. “It's so great to be around people, especially kids, who are really at the point of their career where they just love it.”
Jace and Tatum Hilger certainly do. “The experience and getting to see everything up close,” said Hilger. They traveled from Wichita, Kansas for the Swim Trails and decided to jump in on the opportunity.
“I feel blessed to be able to be here,” said mom Amy Hilger. “We are so glad that it was close to where we live and I'm just so happy that my kids get to have this experience.”
An experience that will help young and old swimmers with fundamentals, technique and exercise plans, all the while hoping that what they learned will carry them through life.
“I think the best part about it is seeing them have fun and laughing with them and kind of showing them that we're real people,” said Nymeyer. “They have dreams, we had dreams and they can get theirs, too."