It was only six months ago when Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin captivated the American spirit during the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Now locally, we have a pair of swimmers making their impact here in North Central West Virginia. David Dent and Kathryn Saurborn, both of Fairmont State, will be heading down to the NCAA Championships in two weeks.
"It was actually this time last year when I found out Kathryn got invited that they wanted me to get invited this year and finally my dream is coming true," Fairmont State junior David Dent said. "I'm right there and just waiting for tonight for my invite to come out."
Before you jump in the water there are plenty of things you have to do in order to become a championship level swimmer. Dieting, weight lifting, and consistent reps in the pool are all part of the equation. But the biggest factor involves your mind.
"That's probably my biggest problem, is usually mental. But I think that's a big factor is being mentally capable because you've been training all year and you know you've put in the time and effort and just mentally you've got to believe in yourself," Falcons senior Kathryn Saurborn said.
One person who does believe in them is head coach Pat Snively.
"Her mindset has been totally different in that she's been there before, knows what to expect and has been real business-like in her approach to it. If anybody has taken a jump in their maturity level and their approach it's been David," FSU Head Swimming Coach Pat Snively said.
Two local athletes with big aspirations of winning National Championships.