North Alabama swimmer heads to U.S. Olympic trials

Updated: May. 27, 2016 at 2:56 PM CDT
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ATHENS, AL (WAFF) - It's every athlete's dream to make it to the Olympics and one Athens High School swimmer is one step closer to that dream.

Kobie Melton started swimming at the age of six and now at the young age of 15, she's getting a shot to swim at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Melton qualified for the Olympic trials and in June, she'll try to make the cut for the Olympic team.

"I would go crazy," she said. "That'd be my number one dream. That would be so cool."

And it takes a lot of time, practice, and work to get there. Melton swims for Athens High School and the Huntsville Swim Association, which means a lot of time devoted to the sport.

"It takes dedication and you've gotta go to every single practice and just train really hard and keep at it and not give up. You know, stay positive," she said.

Her coach Matt Webber said it's not easy to make the Olympic team, but she has the talent and work ethic it takes.

"If you're really talented like Kobie is and you work really hard you're gonna have a lot of success," Webber said. "The way she interacts with the water is probably the best or one of the best on the team. How her hands pull the water is different than 99 percent of the kids you see."

But his main focus for her this go around is to relax and have the time of her life.

"Get experience on this one have a good time," he said. "Swim fast, go a best time!"

Even if she doesn't make the Olympic team this time, she has all confidence that it will happen one day.

"In the next four years I think that's definitely a possibility," said Melton. "I've got a lot of training to do for the next trials, but I'm definitely gonna try to cut my time for this trials."

Melton will be competing on the second day of the trials in Omaha on June 27. For more information on the USA Swimming Olympic Trials, click here.

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