Frisco Aquatics Swimmers Dive into Olympic Path

Frisco Aquatics Swimmers Dive into Olympic Path

By: Lynn Bergman

Frisco, Texas – December, 2010 – Frisco Aquatics Swimmers, Caroline Korst, 15, and Destiny Nelson, 13, competed in the 2010 Speedo Short Course Junior National Championships on December 9-11 and the Junior National Long Course Championships, on December 12.  Both Championship meets were held at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta.

The Junior National Championships are a stepping stone to prepare swimmers to make the U.S. National Youth Team and identifies the top young swimmers in the United States, ages 13-18.  The National Championships support the development and preparation, of these athletes, to eventually represent the United States in the Olympic Games and the meets provide opportunities that give these swimmers a chance to experience the demands of competitive swimming on a national level. 

Korst competed in the 100 Yard Backstroke, 200 Yard Backstroke, and 100 Yard Butterfly during the Short Course Championships.  In the Long Course Championships, she competed in the 100 Meter Backstroke, 200 Meter Backstroke and 100 Meter Butterfly.  Although her times did not qualify for the finals, “she swam her heart out,” said Frisco Aquatics Coach Dan McDonough, “and many Jr. National Championship first-timers don’t make the finals in their first big meet.  The fact that Caroline even qualified to swim in this meet is a huge accomplishment and a sign of great things coming her way.”

“It’s nice to have this big meet under my belt,” said Korst who was also excited to have family with her, giving support in Atlanta. “I feel like all my hard work is starting to really pay off,” said Korst.  Taking advanced placement classes at Hebron High School, balancing everything is a challenge, but Korst says that she is able to keep up with school and stay focused on her swimming goals.  Korst swims on the Hebron High School swim team which practices before each school day begins, and she trains with USA Swimming’s Frisco Aquatics, totaling about 20 hours of training during 6 days a week between both practices.  

Even with all of her accomplishments, Korst credits her twin sister, Genevieve, for inspiring her to be her best, “My sister always tries her best in everything she does and has a great attitude about life.  I trust her and can always count on her to be by my side.  Her effort and attitude with everything has helped me to succeed.”

Korst was excited to swim at Jr. Nationals with her friend and teammate Destiny Nelson.

Nelson is ranked first in the nation, for her age, in the LC 200 Breaststroke in U.S.A. Swimming’s Top Ten Age-Group Recognition Program.  She made the finals during Junior Nationals for the SC 200 breaststroke event. The top thirty qualifying times from the preliminary meet held earlier the same day determined the competitors for finals. 

As the only 13 year old who made finals, contending with over 80 swimmers, Nelson said she was “most excited about swimming with the best athletes from all over the United States,” and seemed remarkably calm competing against mostly 16-18 year olds.  She placed 9th in the C finals, and qualified for the US Open Swim Meet in 2012, which is an international meet with the best swimmers in the world.

Nelson also competed in the SC 200-yard Individual Medley, LC 100-meter breaststroke, LC 200-meter breaststroke, and the LC 200-meter Individual Medley, dropping seconds from several racing times, making a great first-impression in the national meet.

Having won many Texas Age Group Championships and Texas All-Star Meets over the last few years, many times Nelson has also finished with winning the prestigious High Point Award.  She has been ranked in at least 7 events for the past two years in USA Swimming’s Top-10 Age Group Recognition Program for short course as well as long course swimming.

Nelson is inspired by Olympian Rebecca Soni, a three-time Olympic medalist and world record holder for the short and long course 100 and 200 breaststroke events.  Coach McDonough says “Korst and Nelson are very hard workers, dedicated swimmers and well on their way to qualifying for Olympic Trials.”  With continued hard work and progress, Nelson may very well be competing with her Olympic idol one day.