Some of 13-year-old Johan Vizoso’s earliest memories are of swimming and running along the beaches in Spain.
By the time the family had moved to the United States, Johan had taken swimming lessons and was hooked to the sport of competitive swimming.
So when the opportunity came for him to volunteer at the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials in Omaha, Johan had no doubt that he would be there.
Johan and fellow Hastings competitive swimmer Courtney Cuddeford, 16, served as basket carriers during the swim trials in Omaha June 25-30.
The basket carriers were junior high and high school volunteers who carried the baskets full of the swimmers’ belongings from the starting blocks to the other end of the pool where they exited after the race.
It wasn’t as easy as it sounds.
“For the 50-meter freestyle, we would start on one end of the pool and pick those baskets up,” Courtney said. “And then we had to sprint all the way down to the end of the pool and put the baskets on this table before they got done swimming. Everyone was sweaty at the end.”