Looking Back: SwimSwam’s First Interview With Torri Huske

by Annika Johnson 18

June 16th, 2021 Club, National, News

It was February 2019 and high school sophomore Torri Huske had just won the 200 IM, and propelled Yorktown’s 200 medley and 400 free relays to victory at the Northern Virginia 6A Regional High School Championships.

Little did we know she would go on to shatter the American Record twice in the 100 fly at the U.S. Olympic Trials and make the 2021 U.S. Olympic team.

SwimSwam’s Matt Rees interviewed her in 2019 alongside fellow sophomore Anthony Grimm.

“I was happy with my swims and I know a lot of other people were happy with theirs,” she said. “It was just good all around.”

“I really like the team aspect,” Huske said when asked what she liked about swimming.

She listed her coach and her teammates as people who inspire her and “push her every day in practice.”

At this meet Huske in 2019 won the 200 IM with a time of 1:58.13, breaking Cassidy Bayer’s regional record. Two weeks later, Huske posted a 51.29 100 yard fly to shatter the national high school record (which she lowered again this season.)

Her momentum became unstoppable, even in long course. At the 2019 National Championships, Huske broke one of the oldest National Age Group Records, the 100 fly record which was set by Mary T. Meagher in 1981. Huske placed 4th overall with a time of 57.80.

Later at the 2019 World Junior Championships, Huske won gold in the 100 fly and won gold as part of the American 4×100 mixed medley relay and 4×100 free relay. And here she is now in Omaha, claiming an Olympic roster spot in the 100 fly and gearing up to race the 200 IM final tonight.

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Pez
1 month ago

cameras so close ahhahaha

Wahooswimfan
1 month ago

How has Anthony Grimm done at trials?

Grant Drukker
Reply to  Wahooswimfan
1 month ago

Not qualified.

PVSFree
Reply to  Grant Drukker
1 month ago

He swam Wave I and added time, I don’t think he was fully rested. He’s also super reliant on his underwaters, so I’m not sure if he’s going to convert to long course well

Joe
Reply to  PVSFree
1 month ago

Yeah—kind of strikes me as a Hoffer type. But with ISL you can have a good career after college without being a LCM stud. And he’ll obviously be huge for Texas the next four years.

BillyBob
1 month ago

The US has had men who dominate the fly and free (Phelps and Dressel) but have never had a woman who is world class in both. Huske could be our first.

Horninco
Reply to  BillyBob
1 month ago

Bro, have you ever heard of Jenny Thompson?

BearlyBreathing
Reply to  BillyBob
1 month ago

I wonder how many world records or gold medals American women would have set if not for those roided-up commies in the 70s and 80s.

Last edited 1 month ago by BearlyBreathing
Luciano
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
1 month ago

Pensa quanti tour de france avrebbero vinto gli altri senza armstrong

Joe
Reply to  Luciano
1 month ago

All the guys behind Armstrong were doping too. You want to give it to Jan Ulrich? Only the eastern block was doping in swimming in the ’70s and early 80s

Hswimmer
Reply to  BillyBob
1 month ago

False again

Hswimmer
Reply to  BillyBob
1 month ago

Dana Vollmer…

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Hswimmer
1 month ago

200 Free , 100 fly Legend

BearlyBreathing
Reply to  BillyBob
1 month ago

Also, remember that Mark Spitz was Michael Phelps before Michael Phelps was Michael Phelps.

Joe
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
1 month ago

Forgot about Matt Biondi as well

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Joe
1 month ago

yep

Mediocre Swammer
Reply to  BillyBob
1 month ago

Natalie Coughlin won at least one World Championships fly medal. Maybe that’s not “dominating,” but that’s certainly world class. (Not to mention what she did in short course yards.)

pvtimer
1 month ago

What a leap for this young lady from her interview here at the 2019 Virginia state meet to her press conference with Michael Andrew after making the Olympic team