15-year-old Phoebe Bacon swam in her first U.S. Winter Nationals final last week in Columbus, and this week she has popped up all across the board at the Nation’s Capital Invitational. After her Sunday morning swims at the NCAP meet, she sat down with Swimming World to discuss her ascendance to national prominence.
Bacon discussed her experience at Winter Nationals and what she gained out of racing someone like Olivia Smoliga, an Olympian who had been a role model for her, and she shared some of the topics the two discussed while at Nationals. Bacon also explained why she’s become more comfortable racing at major National-level meets since her experience at Olympic Trials in 2016.
She also explained how she feels different pressure when racing different events and how she has worked to improve in 200-yard and meter events this year. Bacon also revealed her ambition of qualifying for the Junior Pan Pacific Championships this summer and discussed what she will have to do to make it to Fiji.