June 17, 2014 Wednesday, June 18, 2014
AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW) -- Summer's in session. For the Aiken-Augusta Swim League swimmers, it's no holiday break.
"Right now, it's just hard training, exhausting times. A lot of taking naps in between practices." said senior swimmer Jackie Jeschke
"Summer kind of goes quick. So, we've really got to get in a little more work for the next couple of weeks," added coach Neil Harper
Two practices a day. The summer grind lends itself to a term all too familiar to the ASL group-- swimming tired.
To get to the top, where most of these athletes want to go. Swimming has become a year long affair. One that requires a true love for the pool.
"Sometimes waking up in the morning, you say to yourself you don't want to do this but really deep down inside...you love it. It's what you enjoy doing. That's why you come everyday," Evan Freed said.
Several meets are ahead, but one outweighs the rest. Junior Nationals is the late summer meet for established and rising talents alike to make a splash.
"That's our goal for the summer. Not to just have one or two swimmers swim at Junior Nationals but to have a good group of 6,7.8 swimmers make it out to California," Harper said.
"Hopefully, a lot of people will be making it. I think we're going to be taking a team trip to California," Jeschke said.
Jeschke's trip is booked. Two years ago, at 14 years old, she swam at the Olympic trials. For Evan Freed, it's about making an impact with college coaches.
"Some colleges say "we look at people that have junior nationals and that's what you should shoot for," Freed said.
Both soon-to-be seniors are shooting for a lot more. The summer sessions are part of the process.