June 25, 2012
By William Bowman
For 17 years swimming has been an integral part of Matthew Segar's life. From club swimmer growing up in Carmel, Ind., to his days as a Division I athlete at Bucknell, the pool has always been there.
The end is near, though. By this time next week, Segar, a recent BU grad, won't be a competitive swimmer anymore. Still, Segar can't imagine a better way to go out.
Segar and three of his former Bucknell teammates will compete in the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials next week in Nebraska. He will be joined by Mike Nicholson, Erik Heinemann and Emily Norton.
The trials begin Monday in Omaha, Neb. and each of Bucknell's four representatives will compete in one event. Segar will compete in the 200 free, Nicholson will go in the 400 IM, Heinemann will swim the 200 fly and Norton will compete in the 200 breast.
Segar, the lone graduate heading to Omaha, said he can't think of a better way to end his swimming career than the Olympic Trials, where he will get a chance to rub elbows with the likes of Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte.
"It's a little bittersweet that this will be my last competitive meet," he said, "but I look at it as the culmination of my swimming career. It's one of the biggest and best meets in the world and it's an honor to compete in it."
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