My Next Journey

My Next Journey

After seven weeks, my brief “retirement” is over. I’ll be returning to my alma mater, the University of Texas, next month to act as the swim team’s volunteer assistant. I also plan to start training again for competition, with my first meet likely to be the U.S. Nationals in December.

There are three things I have a huge passion for: the University of Texas, athletics, and swimming. After talking to a number of people at Texas over the past few weeks — including head coach Eddie Reese and Assistant Kris Kubik — I’ve decided to move back to Austin where I’ll be getting back in the pool to help the swim team as much as I can.

While I initially said I was done swimming after my last race at the London Olympics, that was a comment made during an emotional high. At that moment, I felt I had the chance to do what every athlete wants — to finish on top. I was standing on a medal podium with Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, and I had just won my third Olympic medal. I thought to myself, “What more do I have to accomplish?”

When I finally got home and reflected on everything that had happened and started looking ahead, I realized that swimming was and is my life. Right now, I am at the top of my game, and I just want to continue to be involved in the sport I love.