BISMARCK, N.D. - When Vanessa Herrmann was still winning state titles at Century High School, the then senior said this: "The goal is to make the Olympic trials and to see how far I can get in them. And if I do get the chance to make the Olympics I am all there I will take that any day."
A couple years later, Herrmann has reached the trails, scoring an Olympic trial qualifying time in the 100 yard breast stroke.
"I am right on schedule because if you set a goal you need to keep checking in with it and last year I wasn't sure if I would get it because I had an over use injury in my foot so I had to stay strong through that. Then by the end of the summer I hadn't reached my goal, so I was a little bummed but I did get stronger, so I came into sophomore year ready so my coaches knew I would get there but I had to keep myself in check, said Herrmann, now a sophomore at the University of Arkansas.
With an Olympic qualifying time, the former Century standout is home for the holidays and hoping to inspire the next generation of swimmers in Bismarck.
"So, it is great coming back and being a mentor because I always looked up to my brother and sister and the people they swam with so I am just trying to be the best I can be to be a good role model for these kids," said Herrmann.
With the trials on tap this summer, the thought of putting back on the red white and blue has crossed Herrmann's head.
"That would be crazy! I just don't think I can process that if I make the Olympic team of course that is a lot of work and a lot of challenges to go threw in Omaha. But if I was able to do that it would be the biggest dream ever! It would be crazy to come back home and having everyone say, 'oh my gosh, you went to Tokyo,'" said Hermann.
The 2020 U.S. Olympic trials will be held in Omaha, Nebraska starting on June 21.