Natalie's Comments on Being Named a Sullivan Award Finalist
Feb. 12, 2003
On the difference between how she performed the first year she was nominated, compared to her 2002 year:
It's completely different from my first year of being nominated. I've made a lot of huge strides, not only in the backstroke, but also in the freestyle and butterfly. Having five world records broken is probably the biggest difference, and the five national titles, three gold medals from Pan Pacs and NCAA Swimmer of the Year also are included for 2002.
Do you think choosing the Sullivan Award winner is a difficult decision?:
They have to compare completely different sports. For instance the differences between figure skating and swimming. One sport is based on beauty, grace and aesthetics, while the other is done straight on times.
On whether she will be able to attend the Mar. 18 awards banquet:
I would like to attend. It was a lot of fun last year. It is unfortunate that it is two days before the NCAA Championships. Teri (McKeever) and I will have to talk about it and decide what to do.
On how much winning the Sullivan Award would mean to her:
I would love to have a Sullivan Award. My goals aren't to win awards, but to do my best every time. My ultimate goal is to improve my times and just do what I do best.