June 21, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State swimmer Barrett Miesfeld will compete in the most prestigious race of his life on Saturday, June 30, when he takes part in the preliminaries of the 100 meter butterfly at the U.S. Olympic trials. Miesfeld qualified for the trials by swimming a time of 54.49 in February, at the Hokie Long Course Invitational in Blacksburg, Va.
Although only a junior, Miesfeld has already had a decorated career at NC State. He swam the butterfly leg on the 400-medley relay that won an ACC Championship broke the school record this past season.
Miesfeld set the school record in the 100 butterfly during his freshman year, and then broke it again this past season with his time of 47.32. He placed fourth in that event at the ACC Championships, one spot away from claiming his second All-ACC honor at the meet.
Q: How excited are you to swim at the U.S. Olympic trials?
A: "I'm very excited. I've never been to the trials before, so it's going to be cool being able to move up the next level in competition, going from Nationals to the Olympic trials, so that's really exciting."
Q: In college swimming, you compete in short course, but the trials are long course. How do you prepare for that?
A: "It's definitely a different mindset. In college, we swim short course, and me being a butterflier, I work on underwaters. With long course I can't really do that, so I have to focus more on technique and just pulling more with my strokes. It's different, but I've trained long course and short course with swimming year round, so I'm used to it."
Q: How exciting was it to win an ACC Championship?
A: "It was very fun, seeing the whole team come together and having the brand new coaches. It was a totally different mindset than what I had my freshman year. It was very fun to be a part of it, and it makes it more exciting going in to next year."
Q: What are your goals this season?
"My goal is to podium, I want to get an individual medal. In the [400-medley] relay we have to keep the streak, if we could win again in that that would be awesome. That's definitely the goal. I definitely want to qualify for NCAAs. It was kind of a tease last year, because we thought we had qualified in the 400-medley [relay], but we just missed it. If we can get that closer next year, and then if I can qualify as an individual, that would be awesome."
Q: How do you feel the new coaching staff has helped you to accomplish your goals?
A: "They're awesome. They have so much energy, it's almost tough for us to keep up with them because they're so amped all the time. It's awesome, I love the new coaching staff and feel like it's helped me a lot. We just got a new distance coach, Gary [Taylor], so it will be exciting to see him work his new stuff in."