McGill set for first step toward Rio Games

McGill set for first step toward Rio Games

Tyler McGill plans to swim in another Olympics.

But it’s not as if the 25-year-old Champaign Central product has booked a hotel suite in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

“I’m just going year by year. It’d be really difficult to put all your efforts into something that’s 31/2 years away,” McGill said Monday on the eve of the U.S. Championships in Indianapolis. “Rio is out there. But I don’t want to throw all my eggs in one basket at this time.”

A gold medalist at last summer’s London Olympics — he was a member on the U.S. 400-meter medley relay team — McGill starts the long road to the 2016 Games this week at Indiana University Natatorium. He enters with the best time in Wednesday’s 50 butterfly (51.32 seconds) and Thursday’s 100 butterfly (51.32). Ryan Lochte is second in both events.

The goal in Indy is to qualify for this summer’s World Championships in Barcelona.

“I like where I’m at,” McGill said. “I’ve had a good season of training. I’m looking forward to getting out and racing again.

“In some ways, it’s been a long year. In others, London seems like it was yesterday.”

At London, McGill finished a disappointing sixth in the 100 fly. But he left with gold by swimming in the preliminaries of the medley relay.

McGill didn’t pack the medal to show off at the U.S. Championships.

“It only comes with me for clinics and appearances,” McGill said. “I’m a quiet guy. I usually keep it safe at home.”

McGill and wife Julianne are expecting their first child, a girl, in November. She’ll be 2 when the Rio Olympics kick off.

“That’s a long ways off,” he said. “It’s difficult for any athlete going to Rio to think about that yet.”

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