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Memphis teen's Olympic dreams could become reality

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A Memphis swimmer's mean backstroke may lead him to the Olympics in Rio. It’s something almost unheard of for a swimmer his age.

"I just love swimming," said Alex Robinson.

The Memphis University School junior is making a splash.

"The goal is to make the team," said Robinson.

He recently qualified for the Olympic trials swimming the 100 meter backstroke.

"The cut was 57:19 and I went 57:08,” said Robinson.

Alex competes in Omaha, Nebraska, next month against other elite swimmers. They will include former Olympians.

His goal is to swim in the 2016 games.

“It's a little daunting to be racing against people who went to the Olympics," said Robinson.

Alex is a member of the Memphis Tigers Swimming Club, which trains at the University of Memphis pool.

Head Coach Ben Davis said most national team members are in their 20s.

"So, for a 17-year-old to make it is a pretty big deal," said Davis. He said Alex isn't your average 17-year-old swimmer.

"You hear coaches say it's always good when your best athlete is also your best trainer,” said Davis.  “And that certainly describes Alex. He works extremely hard all the time."

Most of Alex's mornings begin well before dawn for pre-school swimming. Then it's back to the pool for two more hours after school.

"Any other time out of school is either spent here or training for something in the water," said Robinson.

You don't get to the Olympics by treading water.

"It's a long shot, but I'm still going to try to make it," said Robinson.

Alex will need to finish in the top two to make the Olympic team.

One of his coaches is Gil Stovall, who swam in the 2008 games.

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