Just like his roommate, TCU swimmer Ford Story wanted to go to Omaha.
Mitchell Traver got to go three consecutive years with the Horned Frogs baseball team.
Story joined him this weekend, having qualified in the 100-meter breaststroke for the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials starting Sunday at the Centurylink Center in Omaha, next door to TD Ameritrade Park, where the baseball team was in the semifinals of the College World Series.
“We joked about being in Omaha at the same time when we were freshmen,” Story said Friday, where he joined other TCU fans to watch Traver’s start against Coastal Carolina. “The longer we went into our athletic careers, the more we realized that it would definitely be a possibility. Last night, we were at dinner laughing about how crazy the chance of this happening really is.”
Story, 22, qualified for the trials in December last year, and he notched another qualifying time in January.
He ranks 118th of the 150 swimmers who will compete in his event. The heats in five events begin at 10 a.m., with the 100 breaststroke heats expected to start around noon.
“It’s the elite of the elite, competing for Team USA, which is always the best,” Story said. “It’s pretty rigorous. I’ve been training well. I’ve tapered. So I feel rested right now. I’ve taken all the right measures to do my best.”
But just reaching Omaha and competing in the trials — what Story called likely “my last race ever or close to it” — is an achievement in itself, especially since it meant a weekend of competition at the same time and place as his roommate and high school classmate at Houston Stratford.
“It’s just a blessing to be here at the same time as all these guys and be like a brother with them,” Story said. “I’m excited. I’m living in the moment. Excited for the baseball guys, excited to see what I can do, take it all in with my family and everyone here.”
U.S. Olympic Swim Trials
Sunday to July 3 (NBC Sports Network, NBCSports.com, NBC sports app)