Greenwich YMCA Marlin swimmers, Katie Evans and Kim Hill, along with Coach Connie Wu, traveled to Austin, TX this past weekend to compete in the USA Swimming Grand Prix. The 15 year-olds competed against 40 USA National swim team members. In attendance at the meet were U.S. Olympians Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Natalie Couglin, Rebecca Soni and Katie Hoff. Also, at the meet was 40 year-old Janet Evans, one of the best-ever U.S. female swimmers, who is making a comeback after having two children.
The opportunity to compete at one of the fastest meets in the world this year was quite a treat for Evans and Hill. Katie swam the 200 IM, 400 IM, 100 Breaststroke, 200 Breaststroke, and 100 Butterfly and Kim the 50 Free, 100 Free, and the 100 Breaststroke. Not only did they speak to and pose for pictures with Olympians, but Katie and Kim also warmed up in lanes with the top swimmers. Being able to watch the best swimmers in the world race is an experience that the girls will never forget.