Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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July 26, 2012

Nick, Maggie D'Innocenzo take on Olympic Trials together

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The veteran

While his sister was wowed by the moment, Nick D'Innocenzo found his second trip to the Trials considerably more relaxing.

"It was just as exciting as four years ago," said Nick. "Last time I was basically all alone with my club team (Crimson Aquatic). This time I was here with about 20 or so guys from Texas, which made it a lot more fun. I was excited, but I didn't have the same overwhelmed feeling."

D'Innocenzo is now heading into his senior season at powerhouse University of Texas. He repeated as Big 12 Meet MVP in the spring after winning the 200 breaststroke, 400 IM and 200 IM.

"Swimming is going great," said D'Innocenzo, currently on campus training. "I'm excited to be a senior and feel like I am in good position for a big year. I have the U.S. Open in August and I'm looking forward to that. I'm excited to be a leader. After that, I'm not sure what I will do. But I've seen people try to give up swimming and it doesn't look easy."

Swimming bond

While they may be four years apart, the D'Innocenzo siblings bond over their love of swimming.

"Nick is my swimming buddy," said Maggie. "We bounce ideas off of each other. He's the swim expert, so I'll ask him questions like, 'They are talking about this new breaststroke form, what do you think?"

Nick, the former top high school recruit in the country, has also be indispensable as Maggie works through the challenges of the college swimming recruiting process.

"I started to get really overwhelmed by the whole process," said Maggie, who said she has narrowed her choices to North Carolina, Florida, Southern California and Texas.

"I asked Nick, 'How did you do this?' He really talked me through it and did a great job. Now I get to go on recruiting trips and make my decision."

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