Waddell Has Olympic Aspirations

Mitchell swimmer making a big splash

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At nine years old, Mitchell swimmer… Tevyn Waddell… Made the trip to Omaha to watch the olympic trials…

“There was fire coming out of the podium, lights everywhere, music, and everyone’s cheering. That’s when I knew that that’s definitely where I want to be someday.”

Now, at 16 years old, that “someday” is here. Waddell will be making the trip back to Omaha for the 2016 trials… This time as a competitor…

“If you would have asked me a couple years ago if I thought I’d be where I am today, I would have told you I’d be nowhere close. You can’t even describe how good it feels to know that your dreams could really come true.”

Waddell’s coach, Kyle Margheim, has been coaching her since 2010. Even from a young age, he’s seen Waddell’s competitive spirit ignite when she’s up against the best…

“This is the same as when she was 11 or 12 when I started coaching her… She loves to step up and race some really good competition. She’s not afraid to race the girls next to her that are olympic trials qualifiers or olympians sometimes, and that’s really fun to watch just to see her step up and go after it like that.”

Four-time olympic sliver medalist swimmer… Kara Lynn Joyce… Was at Waddell’s swim meet just two weeks ago, and took the time to watch her swim. Needless to say, Waddell’s potential was evident…

“I did watch here 100 back tonight, and it was pretty stellar. I’m excited for what’s to come. Olympic Trials is an amazing meet, and it’s great that she made it so early on. And she has a lot of Olympic trials left in her career.”

Sixteen years old and competing to make the Olympic team… most would crumble under such pressure… But Waddell…

“People call me crazy, but I thrive under pressure. Pressure makes me do so much better, so I love the pressure.”

For KDLT Sports, I’m Kelly Stewart.