Day 1 Energy Swim: Hear From Lochte, Pellegrini, Sjostrom, Murphy


With the uniquely-formatted Energy for Swim! event being held in Rome, Italy, the stars comprising squads from Team Energy Standard, Team USA, Team Italy and Team Australia are not just racing for themselves. They are also raising money for their designated charities, who receive funds based on how the teams land in the overall standings once the two-day meet is completed. You can read about what transpired in the pool through day 1 here, but also read below for behind-the-scenes quotes from some of your favorite swimmers.

Quotes courtesy of the Italian Swimming Federation.

Federica Pellegrini, Team Italy, 2nd place in women’s 200m freestyle –  “I’m very happy for this time and I like this type of competition because it is for charity, for children. Racing here, in Rome at night is very wonderful.”

Gabriele Detti, Team Italy, 1st place in men’s 200m freestyle – “I enjoy to race here but I’m very tired. People in Rome is wonderful, and I’m happy to win here.”

Jennie Johansson, Team Energy Standard, 1st place in women’s 100m breaststroke – “I am honored to be invited at this event, that combines sport and charity. It is magic and this swimming pool is very wonderful.”

Fabio Scozzoli, Team Italy, 1st place in men’s 100m breaststroke (tie) – “I’m relatively satisfied of my time. I have done my best at Worlds. I prefer to swim on evening. I like very much this type of competition for charity”

Ryan Murphy, Team USA, 1st place in men’s 50m backstroke/2nd place in men’s 200m backstroke – “I’m not satisfied of my time. I’m very tired but I’m happy to race for my team.”

Zsuzsanna Jakabos, Team Energy Standard, 1st place in women’s 200m butterfly – “I’m really happy to return in Rome after Settecolli, it is beautiful. This is my favourite city. I did my best even thought I’m not used to racing in the evening”.

Femke Heemskerk, Team Energy Standard, 1st place in women’s 4x100m freestyle relay – “It is nice to compete without pressure: I’m not used to do it. I love Italy and Rome: the atmosphere is unique and fabulous.”

Emily Seebohm, Team Australia, 1st place women’s 50m backstroke/1st place women’s 200m backstroke – “I had fun racing here. It is an engaging event. Music, show and sport are perfectly mixed and Rome is fantastic.”

Sarah Sjostrom, Team Energy Standard, 1st place women’s 200m freestyle/1st place women’s 50m freestyle –  “I’m very happy to have won and brought points for my team. I’m not tired and I like racing for Energy for Swim.”

Ryan Lochte, Team USA, 2nd place men’s 200m IM – “I could not wait to go back to competing after so long. I missed the races. I am satisfied but I have to grow: it is normal in this situation.”

Ruta Meilutyte, Team Energy Standard, 2nd place women’s 100m breaststroke – “This event is perfect: I couldn’t believe it. The Swimming Stadium in Rome is wonderful. I love it.”

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Loretta Race

After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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