There was a moment when Penn swimming coach Jess Preston realized Bethany Galat was going to be something special.
It was the moment he met her.
"She," Preston said, "was pretty much a dominant swimmer from Day 1 of her first day of high school."
Since that day, Galat has turned herself into one of the top swimmers in the state. She won the state title in the 200 individual medley last season.
As a sophomore.
"I can't stop thinking about it," Galat said. "It's something that I'll never forget."
"She continues to impress us," Preston said. "She's faster than I thought she would be at this point."
All this, despite the fact that Galat struggles just to get herself ready to race.
"I do get a little nervous," she said. "And I feel sick nervous."
She tackled that with a sports psychology book and a little forced confrontation.
"There's no meet I've swam in that's as big as Olympic Trials," she said.
Galat was one of the youngest at the Olympic Trials this past summer. She says it was an incredible experience.
And, well, nothing else seems like such a big deal anymore.
"Olympic Trials really helped my nerves," Galat said. "It was the most nervous I've ever been. And it showed me that I could swim decently with nerves."
So as she goes for a repeat this month at state?
"Yeah it definitely helps my confidence, " Galat said. "I just keep telling myself, I won it before, so why can't I do it again?"