Knoxville Pro Series - the road to Omaha starts here!

Jon Hulbert

Hi everyone,

First, let me begin by saying that I would like for you to share this little message with your children.

I know it's been a while since you all have had any updates on our favorite Condor! I'm most likely to blame, as I often get caught up in the day-to-day. I have begun to keep some of my thoughts lately, and perhaps one day we will make proper sense of them in a longer format, for those that care to read it.

For everyone that has not been keeping track, Emily swam at the US Open in early December, winning the 200 Breaststroke, in a stacked field, with a lifetime best and a US Open Meet Record time of 2:22.00 - ending 2019 on an incredible note. I don't know that we could have envisioned an end to the year in a fashion more complete than that. Emily and I have since been hard at work, tweaking bits here and there, and, of course, pushing her limits! 

This year brings many challenges to overcome and moments to savor. It's quite hard to think of what to say when looking forward to Olympic Trials. It's many things for me, and I'm sure that it's many more things for Emily. We don't speak of it often. Between my expectations and her drive, the communication about what is to be done to arrive at this incredible goal doesn't necessarily need to be in words. Our actions stand as testament to the future. Let it be said that no matter what happens, we will have given everything. 

Emily and I have been partners in crime for over 12 years now, and this March marks a decade for us both with Condors. The road has been long, arduous at times, but more fulfilling than I think I can express to any of you in words. I hope that as you watch Emily swim, in pursuit of her perfection, that you can let her message of dedication, sacrifice, humility, passion and sportsmanship become tangible. She represents so many of the things we should all aspire to be. Remind your children, our Condors, that everything that she is has been built. By her, first and foremost - by her family, by her experiences, and by the wonderful coaches she has had the opportunity to work with in her life. Every challenge is met with an I CAN. Every failure with an I WILL overcome. Every success taken with GRACE. And if she were to share any advice, it would be to NEVER GIVE UP

And so we won't. To Omaha, and everything that lies beyond.

Tomorrow starts our first Pro Series Meet of the year (the second Pro Series Meet being held this season). You can watch Emily and all of the excitement at the following places:

Preliminary Sessions on 1/17 and 1/18: Stream live on www.usaswimming.org, beginning at 9:30 AM EST.

Finals Sessions on 1/17 and 1/18: Tune in online at www.nbcsports.com or watch on NBC Sports Network at 6:30PM.

Emily will be competing in the 100 Breaststroke tomorrow (1/17) and the 200 Breaststroke on Saturday (1/18). It's sure to be exciting, and we hope you will watch!

Your support means the world to both of us as we go down this incredible path. I believe it's something all of us Condors can share in together for many years to come.