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Frisco Coach Aims for Olympic Trials

Swimming coach hopes to inspire young swimmers

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    When Katy Motsinger isn't teaching kids to swim, the Frisco Aquatics coach is dreaming of swimming the backstroke at the 2012 Olympics in London.

    A Frisco swimming coach is hoping for another shot at competing in the U.S. Olympic Trials.

    Katy Motsinger, 23, has been training for the better part of a year, fitting in time between her coaching of dozens of children ages 6 through nearly high school at Frisco Aquatics.

    "This is kind of my last shot to make this happen," she said.

    Motsinger will swim the 100m backstroke in the Texas Senior Circuit Series in Mansfield on Sunday.

    She must achieve a time of less than 1 minute, 3.99 seconds -- something she's done in years past -- to qualify for the Olympic Trials.

    "This is kind of the do or die," Motsinger said. "If you haven't made it at this point, this is the chance to do it. I just have to make the time."

    Motsinger previously competed in the U.S. Olympics Trials in 2008. She said the level of competition is high, but she's ready for another shot.

    "I want to enjoy it this time," she said. "I want to enjoy being there and enjoying the experience and not worrying about what my result is going to be."

    Motsinger has also become a role model to the hundreds of swimmers at the Frisco Aquatics organization. Many are planning to attend her Sunday race with banners and cheers.

    "You always hear about those people -- like Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte -- and how they went after their dreams, but I don't know them," Kelsey Bergman said. "But now, it is someone I know. I can relate to her, and I really do think anything is possible."

    Motsinger said she is just one "fish in the sea" in an incredibly competitive pool of athletes but hopes to show young swimmers such Bergman that hours and months of training is worth it, no matter the outcome of the race.

    "I have nothing to lose," she said.

    The Olympic Trials run June 25 through July 2 in Omaha, Neb.