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Nashville swimmers hope to join Olympic team

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Dakota Hodgson Dakota Hodgson
Maclin Davis Maclin Davis

The Summer Olympics are just weeks from beginning in London, and 17 swimmers from Nashville have their sights set on joining Michael Phelps in the pursuit of Olympic gold.

Dakota Hodgson is a week away from swimming in the U.S. Olympic Trials, and his coach, also Hodgson's father, is keeping a close eye on the swimmer's training.

Swimming is the Hodgson family's passion. Charlie Hodgson has coached his son, Dakota, since his son was 11 years old.

"It's great to be able to coach your own child. A lot of people don't do that. They don't get along well enough, and we just get along great," Charlie Hodgson said.

"It's like having your coach with you all the time. He's good at separating the whole coach and dad thing," Dakota Hodgson added.

Dakota Hodgson first joined a swim team at 4 years old, and as he got older his times improved.

He even delayed attending college to focus on making the Olympics, some days even putting in up to six hours of intense training.

His focus heading into the U.S. Olympic Trials is the 200-meter butterfly. If he makes the finals at the trials, he could face Phelps.

Dakota Hodgson's teammate on the Nashville Aquatic Club team, Maclin Davis, aims to qualify in the 100-meter butterfly.

Swimming since age 5, Davis said he is not intimidated to race against more seasoned swimmers.

"I am just going to treat it like it's a big meet, have fun, and enjoy racing some of the best swimmers out there," he said.

Both swimmers' best times are seconds off the leaders in their respective events, which in swimming, can be an eternity. Still, when the race starts, anything can happen.

"It would definitely have to be one of my better swims of my lifetime. But, then again, other people could swim badly. Other people could even get disqualified," Davis said.

"I am just going to hope for the best - try as hard as I can," Dakota Hodgson said.

And both hope to perform the best of their swim careers.

The U.S. Olympic Trials start Monday in Omaha. Hodgson and Davis race later in the week. Of course, we'll let you know how they do.

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