Bronxville 16-year-old Patrick Conaton isn’t heading to London this summer for the Olympics, but he’s still pleased with his performance at this past weekend’s Olympic Trials in Ohama, NE.
“Going to the meet, I didn’t really know what to expect. I’ve never been to a meet of that caliber,” he said. “It was a great experience. Overall, I think it went really well. My swims weren’t my best times, but the experience overall was great, and it’s something I can learn from and use to get better.”
Conaton swam in the 200 meter backstroke, finishing 88th out of the 100-plus swimmers. He finished the race in 2:06.73. The first round of his race, and the finals the next night, were won by Ryan Lochte, one of America’s top swimmers. Lochte qualified for four individual events at the Olympics.
Heading into his junior year at Fordham Prep, Conaton feels like the taste of big meet experience he received at the trials will keep him working hard.
“Seeing all those guys posting all those fast times, and they’re all jacked and buff, it definitely inspires me to get to that level,” he said. “If I keep working hard and improving, I can definitely see myself getting there in four years. It’s inspiring, it keeps me going.”
Later this summer, Conaton will compete in either the the U.S. Open of Junior Nationals, and in the winter he hops to compete in states and winter nationals. Thanks to his trip to the trials, Conaton now has a feel for big meets and said he should feel comfortable at any of those. This past weekend, he wasn’t totally comfortable at first in that sized meet.
“I was nervous,” he said. “There were like 10,000 people, so that’s like 10,000 more than I’m used to.”
New Rochelle Teen Misses Out On Olympic Bid
Emily Escobedo also won’t be heading to London this summer, as the 16-year-old from New Rochelle competed in the 200 meter breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic Trials this past weekend in Omaha.
Her time of 2:36.07 placed her 58th out of 120-plus.
Escobedo will be a senior in the fall at Maria Regina High School in Hartsdale.
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