Valley Swimmer Might Compete in the Olympics

By: Elizabeth Lamb Email
By: Elizabeth Lamb Email

Swimmer Remedy Rule is less than a week away from the U.S. Olympic swimming trials. The next stop is the London Olympics. She qualified for the trials last year.

“All my teammates were cheering, so when I got out of the pool, they all run over and tackle me into a big hug, so, just for awhile after that, I'm like, 'Whoa, is this real? Am I actually going?'” said Remedy.

Remedy, who is 15, qualified for backstroke and butterfly stroke. She swam for years with the Waynesboro YMCA and holds nearly every record. Her coach, Norman Wright, said the Valley community's support will cheer rule on at the trials.

“There's a really close-knit group of people here who really put a lot into The Y,” said Wright. “Who really care about each other and have really shown a lot of support for me, for Remedy and for the whole team.”

For Remedy, practicing swimming is like a part-time job. She spends about 18 to 20 hours a week in the pool.

“I think getting the opportunity to go for myself and for Remedy and her family and just having a positive experience, being there, and taking in everything, some people work their whole lives for.”

Rule has all summer to practice her strokes and she said she is thankful for her teammates who encourage her.

“Usually I feel strong in the water and I feel motivated to swim well, do my best and push my teammates swimming beside me,” said Remedy.

Remedy will complete in the U.S. trials this coming Monday. They will be held in Nebraska. She is the third member of her swimming program to qualify for the Olympic trials.

At her age, it is amazing that she has already accomplished this much. In fact, Michael Phelps was 15 when he competed in his first Olympics in 2000 in Sydney, Australia. He did not win a medal until the next summer Olympics in 2004 in Athens, Greece.

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