I didn't grasp the magnitude of it all until I got (there).
My freshman and sophomore years when we came in and just dominated the meet, we dyed our hair black. Last year we won the meet, but didn't do it in quite the big fashion, and we were blonde. We figured we'd go back to black and go back to the good old days.
There is no other way that this senior class wanted to go out. It really hasn't hit me yet. When we won our first title three years ago, it was exciting and we never knew it was going to turn into this. Words can't really describe how I or my teammates feel right now.
I think being an athlete prepares you for more things than people give us credit for.
Most people take long breaks after Olympics. I needed some normalcy back in my life, so I came back to the pool.
I know there's life after the Olympics.
I've been in a Speedo half my life. So I am really comfortable with my body.
There's a lot more to life than just the Olympic Games.
At 28, you need recovery time after training.
When you get to an event like the Olympic Games, you can put too much pressure on yourself.
One of the things you learn when you get married is how you need to always work on continuing to make it better.
Getting to the Olympics was, has always been, my swimming dream since I was 8 or 9 years old. You know, right after I started swimming it was, 'I want to make an Olympic team. That's where I want to be.
Olympic medals are the one medal that I don't have; I've won just about every other competition that I've been at.
Obviously, losing a parent is very difficult. I miss my dad every day, but I know he would be proud to see me continuing to swim and going for another shot at the Olympics.