I can remember everything from the day April 5th, 2019, it was announced that the International Swimming Hall of Fame was going to be renovated. However, to my former swim team and I, that wasn't the most significant thing that happened that day. When we got to the aquatic complex that day, to our surprise, we got to meet two very decorated Olympic swimmers: Ryan Lochte and Caeleb Dressel.
What made that day even better was that we got the opportunity to train with Caeleb Dressel. At that practice, that was probably the hardest my teammates and I have ever swum since we were trying to keep up with Caeleb.
During that practice, even though I did not get the chance to talk to him (mainly because I was out of breath the majority of the practice), just watching him swim in the lane next to me, made me realize what it means and takes to be a swimmer. It made me realize the amount of dedication it takes to progress to a professional level in the sport. It made me realize the things that I would have to sacrifice if I wanted to be at that level in the sport. It made me realize how determined I had to be if I wanted to be at a professional level.
After that practice, I had become more determined than I have been for anything in my life, and I had a new perspective on the sport of swimming. After that day I never missed a practice or complained about a set ever again, even if they are distance sets.