On March 29th, I made the trip from Iowa City to my personal favorite pool in the country, the iconic IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis, to officially begin production on our film. I have many great memories from my own swim career in the Nat, including qualifying for Junior Nationals in the 200 butterfly. But the pool at IUPUI also holds a certain aura within the swimming community. Over the years it has served as host for several major swimming and diving competitions, including the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials from 1984 through 2000. And though it appears Omaha has rightfully earned the title of recurring Olympic Swim Trials headquarters, with the sheer number of memorable swims that have taken place within its walls, the magic of the Nat is undeniable.
This year the Nat served as the site of 2013 Men’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Though we were not there to shoot any footage of the meet, we were thrilled to be able to catch up with Rowdy Gaines, three-time Olympic gold medalist, International Swimming Hall of Fame member, and undisputed voice of competitive swimming, for an interview.
Unbeknownst to him, this interview was a great thrill to the kid in me. Growing up, I used memorize the play-by-play calls he provided during the Olympics. Ever the professional, Rowdy gave us as much time as he could and provided some great insight into both the sport of swimming and the specific story we intend to tell with this film. Couldn’t have thought of a better way to kick off our production! Thanks, Rowdy!