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Two Fort Wayne swimmers competing for spot in Olympic Games

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) -- Two swimmers with ties here in Fort Wayne are still living out a dream to participate in this summer’s Olympic games. 

Tristan DeWitt and Jacob Steele are Indiana University athletes. DeWitt went to Carroll and Steele went to Snider High School. Both of them were a part of Fort Wayne swim team as well. 

While the Olympics is less than fifty days away, DeWitt and Steele say the atmosphere has been incredible.  

"It's just a really cool experience you don't get anywhere else,” Steele said. 

"So many roller coaster of emotions every day,” DeWitt said. 

With both of them going to school in Northeast Indiana, they say having that sense of comfort and support means a lot. 

"Just to be able to watch him on one of the last days and drop and insane time in a really good race, that was just so exciting to watch,” Steele said of DeWitt. 

“I had no doubt that he was going to qualify for wave two,” DeWitt said of Steele. “It's definitely been a great year honestly having him on the Indiana team and having somebody I know personally be there. We've been through a lot in the sport.” 

Coach John Gibson who coached DeWitt and Steele before they went on to college explained the importance of being that role model for his athletes. 

"It's pretty neat to do that as a coach just to know maybe I had a little bit to do with helping them get to where they're at so I mean it's humbling,” Gibson said. “I wish them nothing but the best and I know they'll give everything they got." 

DeWitt and Steele both completed wave one of the Olympic trials, now they prepare for wave two. Steele races on Monday and DeWitt races on Thursday. The trials are being held in Omaha.  

DeWitt will compete in the 200 IM and Steele will race in the 100 backstroke. 

Vince Lovergine

Vince Lovergine joined the WPTA team August 2020 as a multimedia journalist.

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