Today Hatteberg is competing in the 100 meter backstroke and will compete Saturday in her favorite event, the 200 meter backstroke. There are 200 swimmers competing for two spots on the Olympic team.
Hatteberg attempted in 2008 to make the team when she was just 17. She said she has matured much since then.
“In 2008, I was immature, both mentally and physically. I was just excited to be there and wanted to have a good time,” she said in a prepared statement. “Everything is different this time. I have a lot more experience.I’ve put on a lot of muscle through college training and have matured a lot more mentally.”
Hatteberg has a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering but loves to spend time in the pool coaching members of the Rainbow Trout team.
“The Rainbow Trout make me laugh every practice. They have been so open to my style of coaching and that makes coaching them so enjoyable,” she said.
Earlier this month, The Atlanta Rainbow Trout water polo team won its first silver medal at the International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA) Championships in Iceland. The previous best finish for the team was a bronze medal in 2007 and 2008.