LSU swimmer hopeful to make it into 2012 Summer Olympics

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POSTED: Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 12:02am

UPDATED: Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 12:50am

It may sound pretty simple, but there's much more to the story for LSU swimmer Amanda Kendall.

“She wasn’t heavily recruited, but she was able to come in and commit, which was great,” said LSU swim coach Dave Geyer.

It didn't take long for the Virginia native to know where she wanted to swim on the collegiate level.

"Schools like Auburn and Florida - I didn't even get a phone call from them,” stated Kendall. “It was nice to get a call from LSU and come and improve like I have."

And improve she did, making a huge splash across the country, earning all-SEC and all-American honors.

Then came the Pan-American games, when Kendall became known worldwide.

“Getting that spot this summer really opened her eyes to the possibility of representing LSU, the community and the U.S. on the greatest level of competition there is,” said Geyer.

Now comes the opportunity to represent the U.S. at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London this summer.

“Growing up, it was always a goal,” stated Kendall. “I said, ‘Yes I going to swim in the Olympics’, or ‘I want to swim in the Olympics’, but now that it's in reach… it's crazy, but I’m loving it.

With her work cut out for her, Kendall will chase that life-long dream.

"Basically, all I have to do is swim and make that Top 6. I have to get to the Top 8 Final and make the Top 6,” said Kendall. "It would be one of the best dreams to ever come true. I was already so excited to go to the Pan-American Games and represent the U.S., but to make the Olympics, I would defiantly get the tattoo (the Olympic Rings) when I returned."

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