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A conversation with Malia Francis on her Olympic Trial qualification


Story By Nathan Meihak
Local Sports Published 03/31/2021 8:43PM, Last Updated 03/31/2021 10:38PM
Rhinelander - Athletes from all over the world will descend on Japan this summer for the opportunity of a lifetime; and one local swimmer might be joining them.

Rhinelander's Malia Francis has officially qualified for the US Olympic Trials this summer. She'll be competing in the 100 meter backstroke after she won the 100 yard backstroke state title in the fall.

After a quick email exchange, here's what Malia had to say about her milestone.

On her initial reaction: 

"I felt so relieved. I got out of the pool and all of a sudden my entire swim team was around me giving high fives and hugs," said Francis. "It was such a cool moment that I don't think I can forget."

On facing tough competition in a nation-wide event in Florida:

"I think it causes me to fight for it more," said Francis. "It can be very eye-opening and I feel like having these experiences helps prepare me for entering a higher level of swimming and gives a glimpse of the bigger picture."

The Olympic Trials will be held in Omaha, Nebraska in June. 
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