Former Glenvar swimmer follows father's footsteps to 2016 Olympic Swim Trials
ROANOKE (WSLS 10 SPORTS) - Athlete's across the country are already counting down the "Road to Rio," hoping to be one of few that get to wear a USA jersey in August when the Olympic games begin. Glenvar product Ben Kennedy is among those hopefuls.
"It's super exciting, it's something I've thought about for a long time," he said in a phone interview.
In 2014, Kennedy signed to swim at both his parents' alma mater, the University of Florida. The Highlander was familiar with their swim team, since his father Pat swam for the Gators in the 1980's. Two years after his signing, Ben is riding the same wave his father did, qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska.
"First thing I think about, when I think about the Olympics and the Olympic trials is obviously my dad, and I wouldn't be where I am without him or his guidance or anything like that."
Pat not only made it to Olympic Trials, he made the USA team and competed in 1984 Summer Olympics. He vividly remembers his journey to get there.
"It's like a dream, but when you're in it, you're only focused on achieving the goal," explained Pat.
Ben's parents and sister will be cheering from the stands in Omaha, Nebraska, hoping for Ben to do his best, but Pat also hopes that his son doesn't forget to take it all in.
"I'm trying to teach him to enjoy it, because it's a once in a life time opportunity and just have fun, because all the training and hard work is behind, just enjoy it," he added.
Ben will compete in the 100 butterfly on Friday.
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