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Catching Up With Michael Duderstadt

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When it comes to swimming, Mosley graduate Michael Duderstadt has made quite the splash in the pool over the past few years, as the future Auburn Tiger's name has become well known across the country.

Duder achieved new heights last summer, as he became the first Bay County swimmer to qualify for the Olympic trials, and just a few months later, won two individual gold medals at the State Championship meet for Mosley High, and a few months after that, Duder medalled three times at Winter Junior Nationals.

With several big meets slated before he heads off to Auburn in August, Duder says he's training hard, but trying to have a lot of fun in the process.

"There was a lot of pressure last summer to swim fast. All the pressure was on me," Duder said of training for the Olympic trials. "Now I'm just going out, having fun, having a good time, training hard, and swimming fast with friends. That's what it's all about this summer. There's a little bit of different stuff we're doing. We're doing a little bit more weights, a little different training and a different mentality going into college and just preparing myself for that next level."

Next week, Duder will swim at the Southeastern Championships, and later in July, will head west to California for the US Open, which he says is like the Olympic trials as he'll once again compete with some of the best swimmers in the country.