Former Midland High Swimmer Makes Olympic Team
Former Midland High student Natalie Hinds has made it to Team USA by qualifying in the Olympic Trials over the weekend.
According to the Midland Reporter-Telegram, Hinds is the first athlete from Midland to qualify for the Olympic Games in several years after she earned her spot on Team USA last Friday night at team trials.
Hinds finished 4th in the women's 100 meters with a time of 53.87 seconds beating the 5th place by 0.03 seconds.
Hinds will be on the relay team and showed her excitement in an interview after the qualifying race.
“This is a dream come true for me,” Hinds told NBC Sports. “That was such a tough field, so I’m glad to get on the relay.”
Hinds is a swimmer for the Athens Bulldog Swim Club which her teammate, Olivia Smoliga, is also a member and she placed just ahead of Hinds at 3rd place in the trials.
Abbey Weitzel was the first place winner with a time of 53.53, and Erika Brown came in 2nd with a time of 53.59.
Hinds will be packing her bags to make the trip to Tokyo in the next few weeks to represent Midland on Team USA.
Swimming competitions will begin on Saturday, July 24 and run through Sunday, August 1, 2021 and will be broadcast on our media partners NewsWest 9.
Make sure you watch and cheer on Natalie as she becomes the first representative of Midland in swimming since Doug Russell won gold in swimming in the Mexico City Olympics in 1968.