Peggy Jeschke, mother of 14-year-old Augusta swimmer Jackie Jeschke, is sharing her thoughts from the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials in Omaha, Neb. Here is her report from Saturday:
Today was day 6 of the Olympic trials and the arena was sold out with over 14,000 spectators. The energy was amazing from the crowd as they cheered on heat after heat of their favorite swimmers.
Jackie found herself in heat 2 of the 200-meter backstroke event seeded 181st. She swam a great race, kept control of her nerves in front of the largest crowd she has ever experienced and finished just off of her career best.
Her performance earned her an improvement from an event rank of 181 to113. This experience has certainly given her some goals to shoot for and an experience she has never had before.
We look forward to Sunday when Steven Kekacs will swim in the 1500-meter freestyle and Katherine Huff will compete in the 50-meter freestyle.