Lilly King and Nic Fink visit Deck Pass Live presented by Xfinity at the Toyota U.S. Open

Lilly King and Nic Fink visit Deck Pass Live presented by Xfinity at the Toyota U.S. Open


JEFF COMMINGS: It’s the shot
of the outside of the campus recreation center where we are
for Deck Pass Live presented by Xfinity at the
2019 Toyota US Open. Hi, everybody. I’m Jeff Commings. And I’m Kaitlin Sandeno. And this has been a
great three days so far at the US Open. Everything is really
getting intense. We’re less than 200 days
away from the Olympics. Everybody is– got that
tunnel vision now, I think. Definitely. And you said it
from the beginning, it’s been very exciting
from the start. There are a lot
of swimmers here. We’re talking 1,300 swimmers. We have heaps of
Olympic medalists. We have 36 different countries
that are represented here, which kind of blows my mind. Yeah. A lot of people are
here, fine tuning, getting ready for the big show. And this is the perfect
time to really get that fine tuning down. Because as we know as
athletes, the holiday training comes up in a couple of weeks. You hunker down
for those two weeks and you do nothing but
swim, eat, sleep, lift some weights, and repeat. Right. I always love December–
beginning December– because it was taper. It was like the fast
meet of the season. And then I got so
excited for Christmas. And then it was
like Christmas night it was like dun, dun, duh-duh. It was like Christmas training. Just, oh, the brutal time. Like three work outs a day. But you got to do that work. You’ve got to put it in now. I know. And I think, too, knowing that
Olympic trials are less than 200 days away, that motivation
is, you know, re-hyped up. You’re re-energized,
rejuvenated, and ready to go. I mean, this is what
you’ve been training for for quite some time. I know. And a lot of these
athletes here are really trying to make statements
about themselves. Saying, I need to be– I’m kind of going
to be the one that is going to be a factor for
making the Olympic team. While some of the
more established stars are still trying to say,
don’t count me out just yet. So it’s going to be a lot of fun
to see what we can kind of take away from this meet. Yeah, definitely. It’s an interesting time of the
season, too, for our college swimmers. Because, obviously, we have
a lot of college athletes that are swimming fantastic. They have a great shot at
making the Olympic team. But they’re still– you know,
college is their priority, putting up those
fast times in season. They’re going to have NCAAs. And they’re going to have
to bounce back off of that and get ready for
the Olympic trials. Yeah. So a lot of our pro
athletes are here getting ready for that final
push to Olympic trials. One of them is our first
guest of the night. And you– all we have to do
is just really show her feet and you know who it is. Guess who it is. The Crocs of Lilly King. I really like that design there. That’s just– that’s
just really cool there. I– I think you had
said earlier you want to kind of get her a
sponsor for those things. Yeah, my mission
is to get this girl, Lilly King, a Croc sponsor. How do– I mean, come on,
Crocs, are you listening it? We talked about it
at Golden Goggles. We have. And she was throwing
down that she’d wear high heeled Crocs, too. It’s an option. I did. In the fifth grade. Or did you have them? Oh, I did. I wore high heeled
Crocs in the fifth grade to my fifth grade graduation. And they were pretty cute. I’m not going to lie. They were not– I need a picture. Can we contact your parents? They were like little
black and white wedges. Oh, my gosh. Lilly King, everybody. There we go. I’m here. Hello. Here she is, in
her Crocs and all, champion of the 100-meter
breaststroke tonight. Fantastic swim. We were sitting with
breaststroke legend Brendan Hansen. And he was like, she’s going
to throw down a 105 high. I just know it. And then you dropped the 105– was it six? Yeah. And he was like, oh. You showed Brendan what’s up. He knows. He knows too well. [LAUGHTER] Yeah. He actually– he sent me a
birthday card when I was 12. I don’t know if he
knows that, but he did. JEFF COMMINGS: My gosh. He did. And my mom did not sign it. It was definitely him. KAITLIN SANDENO: We’ll have
to talk to Brendan about that. I know. I don’t know if he remembers
that, but that was me. I was that kid. How did that happen? Did you like reach out to him? Write him a letter
saying, it’s going to be my birthday, or something? So you know, this
is going to be like– so my coach’s brother
lived with Brendan for like a hot sec at Texas. KAITLIN SANDENO: OK. So I think that’s
how we made that. KAITLIN SANDENO: That’s great. But yeah. Or my mom signed it. I don’t know. JEFF COMMINGS: I think that
was the start of everything. Definitely. You got a birthday
card from Brendan Hansen. That’s really cool. That’s really cool. So we were talking
about this being less than 200 days away from
Olympic trials and everything. Is it kind of tunnel vision now? Or do you– do you kind of
get out of that a little bit? I know you’re
just– you’re still doing– are you still doing
some student teaching? Or is it really just training? I am– I’m done. I’m actually a
graduated student. So I made it. Nobody thought I was
going to do it, but I did. Ha-ha. I can do it. You can, too. But, yeah. I mean, I think the tunnel
vision is really going to start like January 1 for me. Because that’s– [INAUDIBLE]
definitely thinking about it. But yeah, I think
that’s really going to be the big day where I’m
like, all right, time to go. So are you happy with
tonight’s performance? Yeah definitely. Anytime I go 1:05– Yes. –like, I’m good– I’m good with that. So I think that was like
right on my in-season best. So yeah. I’ll take it. It’s good. Well, let’s take
a look, because I thought it was a fantastic
race from start to finish. LILLY KING: Let’s watch. KAITLIN SANDENO: Walk us through
this race if you don’t mind. LILLY KING: All right. [INAUDIBLE] the
in-my-head thoughts. Holy crap. Holy crap It’s long course. I’ve been swimming short
course meters the whole time. All right, Lily. KAITLIN SANDENO: That’s
a really long pool. LILLY KING: Don’t dive
in with your jacket on. OK. Oh, man. What am I swimming? Oh, yeah. It’s the 100 breaststroke. Here we go. Don’t lift your head. Ray’s going to yell at you. Spin, spin, spin. Spin, spin, spin. Where am I going? Oh, I hit the 25. Might be OK. KAITLIN SANDENO: Did you
feel strong the entire race? LILLY KING: I did not know
where I was the entire race. KAITLIN SANDENO: Really? LILLY KING: I was like– I don’t know. I was really like kind
of nervous and antsy before we dove in. And I don’t know. KAITLIN SANDENO: And
you’re kind of known for that little
looky-look that you take. Where you seeing people
during this race? LILLY KING: A little bit. I like to use my
peripheral vision. KAITLIN SANDENO: Very
strong peripheral vision. LILLY KING: Then I hit the wall
and I’m like, OK, don’t die. Don’t die. It’s pretty much
all I tell myself. JEFF COMMINGS: I mean, that’s– yeah. Because when you
don’t do long course, this is a long way to go. It’s a long way. It’s weird, because the 100
short course breaststroke is like completely pain free. Like, it’s like a 50-free. I don’t feel anything. I get out. And I’m like, all
right, let’s go again. And long course,
it hurts so bad. And I’ve been swimming short
course meters so much with ISL. And now I’m doing long course. And it hurts a lot more. KAITLIN SANDENO: So talk us
into the finish here, Lilly. Because what’s very
important is the timing. Where do you start lining
up for this timing? I think a lot of
young swimmers could take good points from this. LILLY KING: Yeah. Honestly, I don’t really know. KAITLIN SANDENO: Gees. Lilly, you’re killing me. LILLY KING: I don’t know. I just do it. That was a good finish. KAITLIN SANDENO: It’s a feeling. Yeah, you just know. You have a sense
of where it is. There’s the wall. I know where it is. You’ll get there. Do you count your
strokes at all? No. I don’t think that much. When you’re good, you’re good. Yeah. I just go. It just happen. Dive in. Swim fast. That’s all you got to do. That it’s. No secret formula. Oh. So I got to see you a couple
weekends ago at the Golden Goggles. You looked amazing. Thank you. You took home your
first Golden– no, second Golden Goggle? Third? Fourth? You have so many I
can’t even keep up. You’ve taken home a lot. Yeah, she’s taken home a lot. I think it was fourth. But up there with a
really special relay. Yes. I was so proud of you. And I loved the
speech that you had. Oh, thanks. What did you enjoy the most
about the Golden Goggles. I don’t know. I just like– getting to
see everybody dressed up is super fun. And just like, we don’t get
to get together that often. So we’ll see each other, you
know, at meets like this, or at pro swims, or– and then
we’re together for probably about a month out of
the year at whatever big meet we have that summer. And the rest the year we don’t
really get to see each other. So it’s just kind of like
get together with your family before Thanksgiving. So, yeah. It’s a lot of fun. And you almost
got stuck in LA. I was going to keep
her in California. Oh my god. I got stuck with [INAUDIBLE]. I know. I was going to move in with you. Perfect. [LAUGHS] Yeah. Our flight got canceled the
day we were trying to leave. And, yeah, Zane and I didn’t get
rebooked until 24 hours later. So– JEFF COMMINGS: Oh my gosh. Yeah, it was– it was a
pretty good travel day for us. JEFF COMMINGS: I know a lot
of people with Golden Goggles that the big issue
is making sure you can find a good place to
train, because, you know, you got to keep that going. You can’t just say, oh, I will
take a day off, and everything. Right. You know, was that– is that
pretty easy to do to be able to say, OK, this is where I’m
going to do my training while I’m off in California? I think so. Well, when you don’t
have a flight delayed they usually have a
plan for us in place. Sure. So, yeah. We swam at SC for a couple days. And I was out there for
the NBC photo shoot. So, yeah, I was
there, swimming there. And then we swam with
Santa Monica swim club on our little travel day. So, yeah. It was good, but luckily we
know enough people out there that we can kind of
find a place to swim. So, yeah. And I think that weekend, too,
wasn’t that a house divided? Wasn’t that Indiana versus
Michigan with your brother? Football? I think so. Yeah, it was. And we got smacked, but like– Yeah. Like, we knew that
was going to happen. Does you brother talk a lot
of like trash during that? Or not really? He tries, but he can’t
talk trash with me. Because I’m the queen
of talking trash. Yeah. I think he should
learn that by now. Yeah. He should know. He should know. I want to go
back to you talking about you had like
that big NBC Olympics day with the photo
shoots and everything. What have you learned
about doing all that stuff as a professional athlete? Having these obligations that
was just kind of new to you in 2016? And you know, as you
were going through you were still in college. And now you’re a pro, more
obligations going on now. So what have you
learned in that process? Right. Honestly, like I’ve
just been super busy the last couple weeks with
ISL and then with I don’t even know. And then I had like– Really busy. –with ISL, and then Golden
Goggles, and then Thanksgiving, and then this. And next week I have
another photo shoot. And then I have Vegas for ISL. And then Christmas
is after that. So it’s like boom,
boom, boom, boom, boom. And you just kind of got to,
you know, horsie blinders on and got to do the work. So– Any training camps? I don’t know. I don’t think so. I don’t even know my
plan after Christmas. I don’t know what’s going on. January 1st. That’s all you– January 1st. January 1st, like Olympics. And I have no plans after that. So– And there was a lot
of racing that you’ve been doing this fall. Are you going to keep doing
that as you get closer to Olympic trials
and the Olympics? I hope so. Again, I really genuinely
don’t know my plan after this. But, yeah. I mean, I’m going
to keep racing. I love racing, and it’s
better than training. So I might as well. Yeah. Although, I can see every
day from Cody’s blog you guys have a blast everyday. Oh, yeah. I’m very much myself
in front of the camera. I don’t know if you’ve
noticed that at all. It is– I become my true self. Yeah. But, yeah. No, we have a blast. We have such a good group there. And the cameras are always on. I feel like we have our
own reality show, which is what I’ve always wanted. Perfect. So it’s good. Yeah, it’s fun. Reality show with
a Crocs sponsorship. Yes. There we go. All right, Lilly. Thank you so much for joining. Congratulations on the
great swim tonight. Thank you. And we’re going to
be looking forward to seeing what happens after
that page turns on January 1st. January 1st. January 1st. Who knows? Thank you, Lilly. All right. Thanks, guys. So Lilly’s 100 breast was
not just the only great racing we had tonight. We had a lot of special
great– not just from people who have made
the Olympic team, like Lilly, but a lot of up
and comers who are going to be making
some big statements. And we’re going to show you
some of those highlights right now, starting with that
men’s 200 freestyle. Townley Haas, the world
championship silver medallist in 2017, didn’t have a very good
world championships in 2019, but he is really making a
statement in this race here. He kind of laid
back a little bit, which is very against what
he does in the 200-free. He usually takes
it out really hard, but I think he was really
kind of trying out a new race plan here. And I think it kind
of worked out well. So you kind of see here that– Yeah, that’s Townley
in lane number five, fifth from the bottom. And I think probably he was
a little nervous about Dean Farris just kind of going out
really fast, but, yow know, that’s one of the things
that makes Townley a great swimmer is he
doesn’t get nervous about this kind of thing. And you can see he’s
kind of making– starting to inch his way up
more, and more, and more, and more, and more. And you know, I think
probably the fact that he’s got his
eye on him looking this way is going to really
help him with this last 50. And what I really– I think, Kaitlin what, you
probably know is, look at that. Townley’s turn are
getting a lot better. KAITLIN SANDENO: Definitely. I feel like this is
the strongest that I’ve seen Townley in a
while, but I was also very impressed– very impressed
with Zach Apple, tonight and last night. Last night, breaking–
breaking 22 for the first time in his 50. And then throwing down a really
great second half on his 200 tonight, giving some of that
pressure to Townley Haas a bit. Some very incredible swims. What we talked about earlier
was very impressive times. Again, we were sitting
next to Brendan Hansen during this race. He was like, all
right, I need some guys to through down a 1:46. 1:45 would be awesome. So to see this incredible
swim put together at this point in
the season has got to really build his confidence
coming into the next six months. JEFF COMMINGS: Right. So there’s Townley
Haas in the middle. Dean Farris on the left. And right on the other side,
Zach Apple running them down. I think that is really inspiring
for Zach, because, you know, he’s been known mostly
just for his 100. And, you know, with the
200-free being so stacked in the United States, he’s
going to have to really step up. And he really did. KAITLIN SANDENO: Yeah, I
mean, put yourself on a relay. You know, like get top
six at Olympic trials and you can be on one of
those iconic US relays. So great swims across
the board there. JEFF COMMINGS: Absolutely. And then one of the
real exciting races of the night for me was going to
be the women’s 100 backstroke. The world record holder, Regan
Smith, was going to be there. But right next to her was
that lady we just saw, Phoebe Bacon, who’s 17 years
old and is a rising star, had a great swim at US
nationals this past August. And we knew Regan wasn’t
going to be at her top form. We knew we were going
to see a 57 out of her. But I think Phoebe Bacon kind
of took advantage of that and said, if I could
just swim with Regan I’m going to have a great swim. So Phoebe is fifth
from the bottom. And Regan is to her
right right now. So you see there’s Regan
on the left and then Phoebe on the right. You see Phoebe has a little
bit of a lower turnover. I don’t know if
that is something that she’s going to fix,
kind of have a high turnover, but it worked tonight. Here’s that finish. It was so close, decided by just
a few hundredths of a second. KAITLIN SANDENO: It was– I mean, look at this finish. I think what you had
mentioned, you know, all eyes were on Regan Smith,
but it a very competitive field in general. You have Olivia Smoliga
in there as well. But Phoebe Bacon, 17 years
old with the win tonight. JEFF COMMINGS: And then one
of the real rising stars of USA Swimming, Torri Huske. KAITLIN SANDENO: Outside smoke. JEFF COMMINGS: She was out
there in lane number one. And I kind of thought she would
do something, but I thought, did she have a poor prelim slim? Or is she just
not really rested? And actually, I’ll
tell you the truth, when I was watching this race
I was so focused on Farida Osman in lane number four and
Kelsi Dahlia in lane number five, because I
thought those two were going to be the ones to take
it to the field in the last 50. But then there’s Torri Huske
here coming in the last 25 right there in lane number
one, just really good. She broke Mary T. Meagher’s
national age group record this past summer. KAITLIN SANDENO: Yes. JEFF COMMINGS: And
she lowered it– KAITLIN SANDENO: She
broke it again today. It’s her last day being 16. So turns 17
tomorrow, and goes in with a new US Open Record and a
new national age group record. Also swimmer tonight. Amazing finals. We have Nic Fink with us. How’s it going? He competed in the
men’s 100 breaststroke. Congratulations on a
nice, solid swim today. Thank you very much. Thank you very much. Competitive field you were in. Oh, my God. Yeah. I was just like– Who’s who of breaststroke there. Yeah. I mean, we were
trying to figure out what it was going to take to
make it back in the top eight. And like we were kind of
scared with what numbers we were coming up with. We were like, oh, is it
going to be like double 0? Double 0 like mid? Low? Like, we didn’t know. But, yeah. No, it was really
fast, really deep. I mean, every
event at this meet, like all the B
finals are loaded. And you’re like, how did
these guys miss the A final? And then you realized
the A finals loaded. So, yeah. No, it was definitely super
fun just being in the A final and getting to race
all those big names. Yeah. And are you happy
with your time tonight? Oh, yeah. Definitely. It was fast. When you could almost break
a minute, it’s [INAUDIBLE].. Yes. Feeling good. Yeah, it was– if it was a hair faster it
would have been a lot better. But, no. I’m definitely happy with that. Yeah, I’m not– I’m
not usually that fast, even at this time of year. So, yeah. I’ll definitely take it. And I was right there
with everybody else. So– Well, we just were
talking about it. Let’s go and take a
look at this race. It was– like you
said, it was stacked. I mean, two of your training
mates at Georgia, Andrew Wilson and– and there you are. NIC FINK: There I am. JEFF COMMINGS: Nice little wave. KAITLIN SANDENO: Tell
me about that wave. NIC FINK: It’s just– I don’t know. KAITLIN SANDENO: Is it a thing? NIC FINK: Yeah. No. Not really. KAITLIN SANDENO: Is it
a shout out to anybody? NIC FINK: Not in particular. I just kind of wanted to
be goofy with it, but yeah. JEFF COMMINGS: And I
think that’s a good way to approach it. NIC FINK: Yeah. No, I usually do– usually do
something behind the blocks just to make sure keep
it fine, keep it loose. You know, it is a sport. So you’re supposed
to have a little fun. KAITLIN SANDENO: Fantastic. JEFF COMMINGS: So there
you are third from the top. And you’re known for not
taking it out super hard. NIC FINK: Yeah. JEFF COMMINGS: So I would
imagine when you turned you weren’t too nervous about– NIC FINK: No. I had that right
where I wanted them. Yeah, the whole heat. So– JEFF COMMINGS: You say that
now, but was that the truth? NIC FINK: No, it was good. I felt nice and
smooth going out. And I wanted to be like, bop, in
and out of the turn, you know, super fast and just
build that last 50. And, you know, Cody
was next to me. And I could see the splashes
of, you know, his strokes, but I couldn’t see him. So I knew he was close by. And at this point I’m
feeling actually pretty good. I’m like, I must
be going at least, you know, 58, 57,
something like that. KAITLIN SANDENO: So when you
see the double 0 you’re like, wait, what? Wrong lane. That’s not me. NIC FINK: I was like,
I knew I won this. And I turn around and
I’m like, oh, fourth? Oh, OK. [LAUGHTER] No, but– no, it was
definitely a fun race. And I felt really good. So I’m definitely
happy with that time. And, yeah. You know, no complaints. And does that pump you up for
tomorrow’s 200 breaststroke? Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. The 200’s definitely
the bread and butter. So, yeah. You know, being able to
have that speed right now. And I know I’ve been putting
in the endurance work recently. So, yeah, the 200
should be a lot of fun. And it’s just as deep, too. So there’s plenty of
big names to race. And you– you know,
you’re more of a 200 guy, like you said. I mean, how much of your
training is devoted to the 200 as opposed to 100? You know, it’s
definitely a mixed bag. Just because I think
having speed at– especially at the end of
the 200, and like easy speed the beginning– the first 50 of the
200 is important. And I think you do that by
training the 100 a little bit. And then in the
100, you know, you want to be able to
go out fast and like bring it home really
fast, but that requires a lot of endurance, too. Right So it’s like definitely
a good mix of the two. I tend not to focus on one. And I don’t want to put
all my eggs in one basket. I think, you know, spreading it
out, good 100 work and good 200 work now and then, I
think, keeps it balanced. So obviously you put in
a lot of work in the pool. What do you do outside the pool? What kind of is your
distraction outside of swimming? Wow. That’s– I– I don’t know. I try to relax a lot, you know,
watch TV, play video games, watch sports. I follow a lot of sports. Georgia football plays tomorrow. KAITLIN SANDENO:
Oh, big day for you. And that’s going
to be tough to try to put the blinders on
and do a 200 breast. JEFF COMMINGS: While it’s
just a few miles away. Oh, exactly. Yeah, and you know, I’ve
had friends like, oh, like we would come
see you swim, but– I’m like, I totally get it. Like, I don’t know why you would
even think to come see me swim. Like, we have more important
things going on, but– KAITLIN SANDENO: What’s your
prediction for the game? You know, it just– you know, I don’t want to say
that we’re going to blow them out, but it’s going to be– it’s going to be a
romping, for sure. No, we’re going to– we’re
going to– it’s going to be a fun game. I think our defense
will keep it close. And, yeah. I’m not– I’m not
too worried about it. Yeah. Yeah. We’ll be fine. That’s really cool. I think it’s going to
be a really fun game. So you follow college
football a lot. We know your dad’s
senior VP of the NBA. Are you a big follower of
professional basketball? Or do you kind of just stay
away from that and just like, dad, that’s your area. Yeah. No. No, I definitely have
love to follow it. And I love talking
with him about it too. Because I don’t know if
my mom likes watching all the basketball games. So he likes to talk
to me about it, too. But yeah. No, it’s just– you grow up in
a house where you’re, you know, neutral to every team. You know, you can’t root
for a team in particular. Oh, yeah. But it’s actually
fun just to sit down watch some good basketball. Yeah. What are some of the most
memorable event that you’ve got to go to in the
basketball world? I’ve been to some
all-star games. So that’s pretty fun. When I was younger, I was a
ball boy at the all-star game. So I got to feed Kobe. No way? Yeah. That’s a cool story. It happened. So now Kobe can say,
Nic Fink gave me the ball. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah, that’s– That’s what Kobe
tell everybody. I think so, too. I heard him say
it on an interview. He knows that now. Yeah. For sure. And it’s OK to name drop,
but you know, who else– I’m sure you’ve met a lot
of great basketball stars. I mean, it must be
really cool to just be that close to those
kinds of sports celebrities. Yeah. Yeah. It was cool. It’s definitely– those are
definitely some fun moments, especially when, you know,
not every basketball game is, you know– kids get to go down
and be on the court or anything like that. So I’m definitely been lucky. But you know, I’ve also as
a ball boy got– you know, when you’re not looking the
balls bounce on your head, too. And you kind of make
a fool of yourself. So I’ve had those moments as
well in front of the big stars. So– So are you allowed to
claim a favorite team? Or do you– like
you said, you have to be pretty neutral there. No. No. I’m neutral. You know, go NBA. Your dad’s happy to hear that. So did you have any big plans
for Thanksgiving last week? No. Actually, I just went home
for like 3 and 1/2 days, just with mom and dad. My sister’s overseas. So she didn’t– she
wasn’t able to come back. But, yeah, it was just like,
you know, three people. And the dog, I guess. So, four. And then– yeah,
just got to hang out and then get away from
Athens for a little bit, but I didn’t want to miss
too much of the training or anything like
that, especially getting ready for this meet
and the ISL final in Vegas. Definitely. So do you go train with your
club team when your back home? I train by myself. Club teams pretty crowded. And I usually make
an appearance. But I– Yeah, and I like to
kind of just do my own thing. And I can do it for a few days. Yeah. Yeah. You know, when it gets like
being a whole week or even more on your own, doing
doubles and like full training, I’m like– you know, you kind of lose
your brain a little bit, but, yeah, just a couple
of days is not too bad. Right. You need somebody
there with you. You’ve got a lot of
great people there. I mean, the breast
stroke group there, I think I saw a photo once of
like the four breaststrokers. It’s stacked. I mean, like all
of you guys, it’s like four of the five fastest
breaststrokers in history trained at Georgia. It was like you, and Cordes,
Chase Kalisz too, and Andrew. I mean– Yeah. I know you guys are really
cool off deck and everything like that, but does
it ever really get super competitive in those sets? I wouldn’t say like– well, yeah. I mean, it’s competitive. Like we try to obviously
push each other. And I mean, having
them there is great. I’ve had some pretty good
training partners in the past, but having those
guys, especially being on the same schedule as you– because if you’re training
with a college team, you know, they’re doing their own
thing, but having these guys, you know, every day
doing what you’re doing– Yeah, I wouldn’t say it’s
like super competitive. Like if someone beats me, you
know, I’m like, hey, good job. Because I know
that you pushed me. You know, I’d rather have
someone there ahead of me, pushing me, than not. But, yeah, also like, you
know, we’re all, you know, competitive-aholics. So we like all, you
know, like to win and everything like that. So, yeah. We all have our days. But, yeah. No, that group, I’m so happy
to have them in Athens. It’s unbelievable. KAITLIN SANDENO:
Impressive group. Definitely. It’s going to be great. So like Lilly said, January 1
is kind of that moment for her where she starts to really
get serious about it being the Olympic year. Is that the same for you? Or has it already happened? I don’t know. Yeah, I wouldn’t say– I wouldn’t say it’s like a cut
off date or anything like that. It’s been kind of, you know– it’s kind of laid back. You know? You kind of want to
have fun with it. Sure. And you also have to
understand the gravity of, you know, what we’re
trying to accomplish, and everything like that. It’s good having a group
around that, you know, we all push each
other every day. And you know, you
want to stay focused. You want to stay on
top of everything. But, yeah. I wouldn’t say there’s
like a certain deadline or anything like that. No, I’m very happy with
the progress I’ve made. So I kind of want to keep
doing the same thing– yeah– this year. And importantly, have fun. Of course. That’s a big thing. Well, Nic, thank you
so much for joining us. It’s been a pleasure. Good luck tomorrow on your 200. Thank you very much. You’ll be great. So you watch Nic tomorrow
on that 200 breaststroke here at the Toyota US Open. We’re going to have a
lot more superstars. Simone Manuel is going to
be in that 100 freestyle. We won’t have world
record holder Regan Smith in the 200 backstroke,
but I think she’s swimming the 200 butterfly. So that’s going to
be great to watch. We’re going to have a
lot of swimming that is going to set the table
for what’s to come in 2020. So thanks everybody
for joining us. We’re going to be back tomorrow
on Deck Pass Live presented by Xfinity at 9:15 PM Eastern
here on USASwimming.org. You don’t want to miss it. We’re going to have Melanie
Margalis and Andrew Wilson. Thanks everybody for joining us. We’ll see you tomorrow. [MUSIC PLAYING]

4 thoughts on “Lilly King and Nic Fink visit Deck Pass Live presented by Xfinity at the Toyota U.S. Open”

  1. Guys, I just thank you for a very interesting interview. I was wondering the same thing: where do these athletes train when they go to the Golden Goggles for instance? And how much do they slack off w/their practices when they're on the road with ISL since their regular coaches aren't there, etc. Something I was wondering: w/all of these TYR Pro series meets, ISL, and this stuff, how do the athletes really know who's where w/their times, since everyone seems to taper/shave at all different meets at all different times of the year now. Just wondering….

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