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March 18, 2013

Women's swimming: Lessard finally makes it to big stage

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While Lessard and Savard had a good relationship as teammates, Lessard said she had not initially asked her for advice for nationals.

Even if Lessard heads to Shenandoah, Texas, without picking Savard's brain about racing at the national stage, she will still have some knowledge of what to expect. Lessard's mother, Kim, has coached the Division III Washington College women's swimming program for 23 seasons and men's team for 22 seasons, and has been at the national meet before.

"(Kim) has taken kids to high-level meets herself," Foley said. "So I think Devin is well-prepared, and there's not going to be any surprises for Devin in terms of the expectations at the meet."

At the same time, though, Lessard said she thinks the experience is different for everyone, and hers won't be the same as Kim's or Savard's.

Lessard is expecting a very different atmosphere than she is used to at meets. With her team back at home, she'll be virtually on her own.

"I feel like I'm going to be a little fish in a big pond. But I think it'll be a lot of fun," Lessard said. "I know a lot of swimmers from swimming with them growing up, so it will be fun to see those people.

"It will be a brand new experience for me, not having my team. That'll be new, kind of scary," she continued. "But I know what I need to do, and the most nerve-racking part was actually getting to go to the meet. So I'm definitely going to try to enjoy it and have as much fun as possible, regardless of it being my last meet ever."

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