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Dubuque Wahlert swimmers draw inspiration from Olympics

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

The United States men and women have been racking up medal after medal in the Olympics pool, and many local swimmers are taking notice.

The Dubuque Wahlert girls swim team now in the midst of two-a-day practices, spending many long hours in the pool.

But they're drawing plenty of motivation and inspiration from those U.S. swimmers.

"It's just incredible to see that hard work really does pay off, and it's something really important to see when you put so much effort into sports," said Senior Carlie Noel.

These swimmers finding their passion for the pool renewed in this Olympic year.

"It's so inspiring. I love watching Katie Ledecky cause she's a distance swimmer and so am I, so watching her dominate, it's cool to watch. It's awesome," said Freshman Karlie Welbes.

Sophomore Elly Kalb agrees.  "It motivates me to push myself harder so I can get better, and beating my record," she said.

And even though many of these swimmers may never reach the Olympics, they're learning lessons from these Olympians that they can put into practice in their own lives.

"I know that if I work hard enough, I can accomplish things like them. I might not get to the Olympics, but the little things are what count. Like winning an individual event at a high school meet, or doing great at state, dropping my time. It's the same feeling, just not high up. It's still motivating, no matter what I do," said Freshman Victoria Michel.

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