What are your best memories from
My favorite part was spending five
weeks at Olympic Training Camp before
the Olympics. It was very, very exciting
being able to unite as Team USA. The
U.S. Olympic swim team is one of the
most successful and watched teams in
the Olympics, and in the world, so it’s
actually really important that we get the
team chemistry right. We have to take
care of business, but that time is also for
us to become friends and gel as a team.
Since I was a rookie, I really learned a
lot. I could just sit at a table and listen
to Ryan Lochte, Michael Phelps and
Nathan Adrian talk, and learn so much.
A lot of it was just about having confidence in our training. They would
say, ‘You’re on this Olympic team for a
reason—you don’t need advice from us.’
They all became friends over the course
of the camp, and I text all of them to this
day. It’s really cool becoming friends
with some of the people I’ve looked up
to since I was a kid.
When did you first meet Michael
Phelps, and what was that like?
I first met him at 2015 nationals, after
we both had really good 200-fly races.
We just kind of started talking on the
awards stand about the Olympic trials
and our aspirations. He gave me some
really good advice that I really took to
heart—he told me to just keep doing
what I’m doing. Everyone tries to make
changes the year of the Olympics. But
he told me, ‘You’re getting faster, you’re
getting stronger, so there’s no reason
to change anything.’ It was really cool
being his teammate and sharing that
experience with him. But when you’re
his teammate you have to show him the
respect of not being starstruck by him
anymore. You can’t ask him for pictures
or autographs—he deserves the respect
of being treated like a regular person.
I have to ask about the gas station
incident. What was that like from